Sarraj Calls for National Vision at Meeting with “Elites” in Tripoli – Al Marsad

The Chairman of the Tripoli-based Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, called for a consultative meeting with those described by his office as “political, cultural and social elites” to formulate a common national vision to enable the country to overcome the current crisis.

According to a brief statement issued by his Media Office, al-Sarraj inaugurated the meeting which was held on Saturday evening at a Tripoli hotel in the presence of what remains of the members of the Presidential Council with a speech in which he pointed out that the country is going through a critical phase, witnessing what he called “an internal conflict fuelled by external greed and agendas.”

The photos show the attendance of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Chief of Staff Mohammed al-Sharif, the Commander of the GNA Central Military Zone, Mohammed al-Haddad, the Commander of the Western Region Joint Operations Room, Osama Juwailli, the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood senior member, Abdul Razzaq al-Aradi, the member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Libya, the Director of the Doha-based Silatech, Tariq M. Yousef, and Mohammed Ali al-Durrat, Head of the Policy Support Office, who is also affiliated with the so-called the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC).

The event also witnessed the participation of journalist Mohamed Baiyou, and the head of the National Front Party, Mohamed al-Durrat, son-in-law of Mohammed Al-Magarief who is also affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Central Bank of Libya Governor, Siddik al-Kabir, former Libyan Ambassador to Rome, the incumbent Ambassador to the European Union, Hafez Kaddour, the Commander of the Operations Room, Mohamed Abu Shahma, and a number of Sarraj advisors in various departments, and some of the ministers and consultants including Tajuddin al-Razzaqi, his Special Security Adviser.

Al-Sarraj said, “The outcome of the ongoing conflict will shape the identity of the state. Either it becomes a stable and democratic state or it will be under totalitarian rule. We cannot allow this to happen. There is no place for military rule and we will not allow armed formations to control state institutions. We will not repeat past mistakes.”

Al-Sarraj called on those who attended to present their views and insights on how to reach practical and logical solutions that do not overlook the regional and international developments. He said: “We should not wait to be politically molded by foreign players; we must be ready with our own national vision.”

During the gathering, al-Sarraj pointed out to his previous initiative, which he put forward last June, to hold a forum that would bring together “all Libyans who have not stained their hands with the blood of the Libyans, or committed human rights violations and war crimes; the believers in the civil state and the rejectors of the militarization of the state,” al-Sarraj stated.

Al-Sarraj revealed that the aim of the forum was to prepare for presidential and legislative elections. He also stressed on “defeating the aggression” and bringing those responsible for committing serious violations to face the full force of the law. “The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain,” al-Sarraj vowed. He stressed that this meeting is the beginning of a series of similar meetings with a common national goal.

Although the meeting claimed to be concerned with developing a common national vision, it did not have anyone in attendance other than those who were aligned to the GNA, yet according to al-Sarraj’s Media Office, the attendees, who were described as “different schools of thought and politics,” presented ideas and visions that were influenced by honest and transparent dialogue. The insights had a lot in common; mostly in terms of forming a national project that all Libyans can take part in and look forward to the potential and the future of the aspired state, as per the briefing from the GNA Media Office.

@ Al Marsad English (2019).