The meeting between the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqilah Saleh with the Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Abdelrahman Al-Sweihli, was not meant to deal with Al-Sweihli as an official but rather as an ordinary Libyan national and a boycotting member of the HoR, Saleh said in a televised interview on Sunday evening.
"The HCS is not legitimate as it has not been included in the constitutional declaration as per the Libyan Political Agreement." Saleh indicated.
He also said that the picking up of new dialogue team by the HoR has zero relevance to the meeting that took place in Rome with Al-Sweihli, adding that he did not attend or chair the session in which the team was formed.
"I have always been a subject for bitter criticism by my opponents for my clear bias to the military and police institutions." He remarked.
Saleh also explained that the authorities of the Commander in Chief have been given to the commander of Dignity Operation, Khalifa Haftar's, given the current exceptional state of affairs in Libya, adding that the military must be always informed about intelligence classified information.
"Haftar should have a representative at the Presidential Council and the military must be inclusive of all Libyans." Saleh reiterated.
Saleh and Al-Sweihli met in Rome last Friday under the auspices of the Italian government.
The meeting was highly regarded by the HCS and Al-Sweihli himself, who considered it essential and a begging for a more comprehensive reconciliation project across Libya.