The United Nations’ (UN) envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, visited on Tuesday Al-Zawiya city to discuss politics and national reconciliation efforts. He met with representatives of the local community from the House of Representatives (HoR), High Council of State (HCS), the municipal council, elders, an a number of other society components.
Bathily said on X that he had listened with great interest to the aspirations of the people of Al-Zawiya for a safe, stable and unified Libya, and for legitimate institutions emanating from comprehensive and credible elections.
“The discussion, focussed on the future of Libya, was heated at times, but also characterized by respect, civility and tolerance.” He said, adding that this type of dialogue was a role model for political leaders to resolve their differences and reach a comprehensive political agreement.
Bathily indicated that Libya had the potential to become a major player in Africa and the Mediterranean basin if Libyans agreed to heal the wounds of the past through comprehensive national reconciliation and a broad political agreement that would unite the country and put it on the path to recovery.
The UN envoy also met with the commander of the Western Coast Military Zone, Salah Al-Namroush, and a number of officers under his command, reviewing the challenges of the security situation, including the recent developments in the city and exchanging views on the imperative of reuniting military and security institutions to achieve sustainable peace and stability.