Al-Mishri: Talks in Morocco are a prelude to real dialogue

Al-Mishri: Talks in Morocco are a prelude to real dialogue

September 08, 2020 - 15:21
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

President of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri has reiterated that the current consultations going on with the Tobruk-based parliament are informal and aim to lay the ground for a dialogue very soon, with the efforts of Geneva.

"The discussions in Morocco are consultations and not a dialogue in the strict sense of the term," Al-Mishri stated in a press statement after his meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya.

The HCS head revealed that meetings have been going on for a while between the HCS and the Tobruk-based Parliament in Tunisia.

He indicated that the two sides have reached understandings during past meetings in Tunisia regarding the amendment of the Presidency Council to consist of a president and two deputies, as well as the dismissal of the prime minister and mechanisms for selecting the seven sovereign positions, noting that the next round of talks will start from these points agreed upon.

Al-Mishri pointed out that Haftar's militias have breached the recently announced ceasefire several times and are still receiving daily support.

"Haftar is trying to prove himself after he was sidelined from the political scene. Even international parties no longer look at him,"  Al-Mishri said, stressing that their forces are on guard to repel any violation or attack.

Al-Mishri insisted that the HCS have entered into negotiations for the sake of preserving Libyan lives and property and not to make concessions, accusing some of trying to confuse the Libyan people by claiming that what is going on behind the closed doors in Morocco is merely deals to divide posts and power.

"We believe that the nightmare is coming to an end and now we are seeking ways to restart dialogue instead of resuming fighting," Al-Mishri said, underscoring that Haftar has been removed from the political landscape for good and only enjoys support from the UAE and the Russian Wagner Group.