Libya commends Morocco’s efforts in Libyan conflict settlement, requests reopening of its embassy in Tripoli
Libyan Foreign Affairs Minister, Najla Mangoush, has paid tribute to King Mohammed VI for the efforts Morocco is exerting to resolve the Libyan conflict, and called on the Kingdom to “reopen as soon as possible its embassy in Tripoli.”
“We are asking Morocco to reopen its embassy in Tripoli,” said the Libyan Foreign Minister after a long meeting in Rabat Friday with her Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita as she was paying her first working visit to Morocco since her appointment in March 2021 member of the transitional government of national unity -GNU).
The Libyan top diplomat, praised the efforts of King Mohammed VI and of Morocco, which hosted the Libyan political dialogue in Skhirat in 2015, as well as the continuous actions of the Kingdom to this day, through the hosting of several rounds of negotiations between the Libyan parties with a view to pushing forwards the unification of Libyan institutions and supporting the GNU.
Ms. Mangoush who was speaking at a joint press conference with her Moroccan peer, Nasser Bourita, stressed that Libya insists on the importance of the “neutral” Moroccan policy which serves the Libyan national consensus and strengthens stability in the country.
She noted in this regard the convergence and consistency of Moroccan-Libyan positions on the Security Council resolutions regarding her country.
The strategic partnership between Morocco and Libya is of great importance for the whole region in order to address several challenges, namely the fight against extremism and terrorism, said the Libyan Foreign Minister.
The two officials also discussed at their tête-à-tête talks the next Berlin conference on Libya scheduled for June 24.
Mangoush expressed in this connection the wish to see the Kingdom support the Libyan agenda that will be proposed by the GNU at the Berlin conference, in order to achieve the objectives of the roadmap and support international efforts aimed at reinforcing stability in Libya.
“We also seek to strengthen military and security cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco to upgrade and rehabilitate Libyan security and military institutions,” she said, calling for the reopening of the Moroccan embassy in Libya and for raising the level of diplomatic representation between the two countries.
The Libyan minister also called for the holding of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) summit “as soon as possible”, given the importance of the Union in the preservation of security and stability in the region, as well as in Europe and Africa.
During the press conference, Bourita surveyed Morocco’s efforts to settle the Libyan conflict, recalling that the Kingdom has no interest in this country. “Our only interest is peace and harmony,” he said, adding that Morocco is ready to develop its bilateral relations with Libya in all areas.