Al-Mishri: Morocco’s Meetings are Mere Consultations, Not Dialogue – Al Marsad

The Head of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party (JCP), said that the meetings in Morocco were consultations, not a starting point for dialogue in the strict sense of the word.

(Libya. 9 September 2020) — Khaled Al-Mishri indicated in a statement to the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel after his meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya at the Council’s headquarters in Tripoli that these informal consultations aim to find ways to kick off the dialogue.

He pointed out that the State Council and the House of Representatives (HoR) had engaged in dialogue in Tunisia for a long time and reached certain understandings on the reform of the Presidential Council to have a president and two deputies, the separation of the duties of the prime minister, and the mechanisms for selecting those who occupy the seven sovereign positions.

“Now we discuss how to resume dialogue and catch up on the previous agreed upon points. We cannot say they are separate discussions or real dialogue sessions so far. Rather, they are preliminary consultations for the start of the dialogue. As for Geneva, it is closer to a brainstorming session between the various parties on ways to get out of the current Libyan crisis. Its results are not binding,” argued al-Mishri.

He also emphasized that these two tracks are preparatory for the resumption of dialogue soon, claiming: “We support the resumption of dialogue and reject military solutions. However, at the same time, we know that Haftar’s forces receive daily support and attempt to violate the ceasefire announced by Mr. Fayez al-Sarraj and Aguila Saleh.

“Haftar is trying to have a presence after his disappearance from the political scene and even the international parties no longer heed him. We confirm our full readiness to respond to any move and eliminate it in its cradle. We enter negotiations to preserve the lives of Libyans and property, not to make concessions,” claimed the Head of the State Council.

He denied that these meetings are to distribute positions, as some of those trying to promote their subversive agendas claim; this is not true. Rather, they are efforts to search for solutions to the Libyan crisis, stressing that they are looking for ways to restart dialogue rather than ways to resume fighting.

Al-Mishri considered that Haftar has finally become outside the political scene and is supported by some countries and the Russian Wagner Company only, as he put it. He thought the nightmare had begun to pass.

In conclusion, he pointed out that they are seeking to reach a solution that preserves the unity of the country and salvage it from the chronic transitional phase as soon as possible, noting that citizens suffer from crises, which strongly calls on everyone to expedite exit from this current situation.

Last week, a block of 24-members of the advisory High Council of State issued a statement condemning the attempt to reduce the Council to the person of its chairman, Khaled al-Mishri, or his office in cooperation with a handful of so-called “assistants and advisors”.

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