Libya’s major actors agree in Cairo to form unified government

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aqila Saleh, the Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, and the Head of the High Council of State, Mohammed Takala, announced in a joint statement their agreement to form a technical committee concerned with amending the laws of the 6+6 committee to expand the basis of consensus and acceptance, as well as to resolve outstanding issues regarding controversial points.

The agreement of the three parties took place during a tripartite meeting on Sunday in Cairo at the invitation of the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, in an effort to bring views closer and end the political impasse through a Libyan-Libyan dialogue.

The statement of the heads of the three councils stressed the necessity of forming a unified government responsible for supervising the electoral process and providing the necessary services to Libyans.

They also agreed to hold a second meeting very soon to implement this agreement and bring it into effect, while calling on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the international community to support its outcomes.

The statement indicated that the meeting parties agreed to unify sovereign positions to ensure the activation of their role at the level of the Libyan state. It stressed Libya’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, rejecting any negative external interference in the political process.

In the meantime, the host country, Egypt, considered the outcomes of the meeting an important step on the path to achieving the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people.

In a statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the meeting, Cairo welcomed the Arab League’s hosting of the meeting of Menfi, Takala and Saleh, explaining that this meeting came “within the framework of supporting the exclusive Libyan ownership of the political settlement, and strengthening the role of Libyan institutions in fulfilling all necessary frameworks for holding presidential and parliamentary elections.”


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