African Leaders Discuss in Congo at the 8th Summit of the African Union a Roadmap to Solve the Libyan Crisis – Al Marsad

The 8th Summit of the heads of states and governments of the African Union High-level Committee on Libya was inaugurated today by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, according to Pan Africa News Agency.

[Libya, 30 January 2020] – The Libya summit in Brazzaville today brings together several major players in the Libyan crisis, including heads of states and governments of the African Union High Level Committee, representatives of the African Union member states in the United Nations Security Council, members of the African Union Peace and Security Council, representatives of the Sahel and Sahara States, as well as international partners to the AU on the Libyan issue, in particular Germany, Russia, France, Italy and the United Nations.

The Brazzaville conference today was an opportunity for the attendees to reaffirm the African Union position on the Libyan conflict. This position is particularly focused on holding an inclusive Inter Libyan National Reconciliation Forum that includes all the Libyan tribes, cities, and social components prior to the holding of free, direct, monitored, and credible parliamentary and presidential elections in Libya.

This meeting on Libya is being held in the wake of the recent Berlin Conference on Libya, and a few days ahead of the next summit of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, which will be attended by the African heads of states and governments in addition to observers from the League of Arab State, the European Union, and the United Nations where the Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso is expected to brief the African leaders on the outputs of the Brazzaville meeting on Libya.

In a statement on the sidelines of the Brazzaville summit on Libya, Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of East African Community Affairs, called on Thursday for the end of external interference in the Libyan conflict which is currently experiencing its most serious escalation by the deployment of thousands of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in support of the militias and armed groups of the Government of National Accord in Tripoli.

Observers say that the 8th meeting of the African Union High-Level Committee on Libya today is a venue for making the voice of Africa heard and updating the African Union roadmap for the settlement of the Libyan crisis.

© Al Marsad English (2020)