White House: Nayed Meets with US National Security Team to Discuss Tarhouna Tribal Forum and Syrians Mercenaries – Al Marsad

At the start of his visit to the United States of America, the Chairman of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies LIAS), Dr Aref Ali Nayed, accompanied by an advisory team from LIAS, met on Friday in Washington DC with Dr Victoria Coates, Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump and Deputy National Security Advisor for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs to discuss current issues in the country.

The meeting was upon the invitation by the US National Security team, represented by Dr Victoria Coates and her team, and was attended also by National Security members specializing on the Libya file.

Dr Aref Ali Nayed yesterday at the White House with Dr Victoria Coates, Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump and Deputy National Security Advisor for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs.

Dr Aref Ali Nayed, according to a statement issued by the LIAS media office, gave a full briefing on the Libyan social fabric movement represented in Libyan tribal gatherings, most notably the  recent tribal forums in Tarhouna and Bani Walid, and the outcomes of these meetings and their significance. The meeting in Tarhouna this week, for example, brought together over 3,000 tribal leaders from across Libya in an unprecedented show of anger against the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the presence of Syrian mercenaries in Libya.

“The meeting aimed at reaching real solutions to the Libyan crisis to get out of all dead ends,” said Dr Nayed.

He briefed Coates and her team on the points that emerged from the tribal forum gatherings on Libyan capabilities and institutions, particularly on the urgent need for the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and other sovereign financial institutions to reform, so that they represent all Libyans and work for the welfare of the whole country.

Nayed revealed that it was agreed with the US side to continue counting on these decisions, and to arrange for subsequent technical meetings to discuss them in detail.

The meeting also touched on Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s export of Syrian terrorists and militants to Libya, calling on the US to take a strong position in this regard. Nayed urged the US to put pressure on the return of these terrorists from where they came from, and put an end to Turkey’s continued delivery of equipment and terrorist fighters to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

Nayed encouraged the US to cooperate closely with the  European Union on this issue because the Syrian jihadists and militants in Libya pose a threat to national security for all the North African and Southern Mediterranean countries.

Dr Aref Ali Nayed explained to the US National Security team that the Libyan social fabric and social incubators are sufficient guarantors of the democratic process in Libya, to enable the country to reach parliamentary and presidential elections at the earliest possible time, as stated in the decisions that emerged from the Tarhuna Tribal Forum. This indicates that this popular movement has the ability to establish a new constituent body for a new national charter and a social contract that pulls Libya out of its dark tunnel.

© Al Marsad English (2020)

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