The President of South Africa, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa met Tuesday with the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj and said Libya’s interests lie in peace and ending the ongoing offensive against Tripoli, adding that the oil blockade is harming the Libyan people.
Ramaphosa and Al-Sarraj dicussed in Pretoria South Africa’s support for the Government of National Accord, and outlined the negative impact of foreign interventions in Libya as Ramaphosa said that achieving peace in Libya is a priority for him as the current President of the African Union.
He added that his country will play a neutral but active role in finding peaceful solutions to the Libyan crisis based on the Political Agreement signed in Skhirat on December 17, 2015.
While Al-Sarraj said Libya is very positive that South Africa is now President of the African Union at this difficult time, hailing the role of the Congo-chaired high ranking committee on Libya.
Al-Sirraj explained to Ramaphosa the details of Khalifa Haftar’s offensive against Tripoli, which he said aimed at returning Libya to the totalitarian rule, saying all Libyans aspire for a democratic and civil state.
They also talked about cooperation in different fields like education, agriculture, industry, health and the participation of South African firms in rebuilding Libya, in addition to security and political consultations.
A UN-appointed mission to Libya said on Monday there are “probable mass graves” yet to be investigated, possibly as many as 100, in Tarhouna where