Saleh Confirms Libya’s Support for Palestinian People


On Tuesday, the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament Ageela Saleh affirmed Libya’s firm support for the rights of the Palestinian people.

This came about, during Saleh’s meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohamed Shtayyeh and his accompanying delegation.

The meeting discussed Libyan-Palestinian relations, and Libya’s support of the Palestinian cause. They also discussed the latest developments in the occupied territories, current developments, and a number of issues of common interest.

Shtayyeh arrived in Libya on Sunday, where he is scheduled to meet with top officials. He had met with Mohamed Al-Mnifi, Head of the Libyan Presidential Council.

Al-Mnifi affirmed Libya’s firm position in support of the Palestinian people for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital, and its unlimited support for the rights of the Palestinian people.

He reviewed Libyan-Palestinian relations, and Libya’s position in support of the Palestinian cause. In addition to discussing the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, and a number of issues of common concern.

Notably, Libyan Prime Minister-designate, Fathi Bashagha has begun consultations to form a new government for the country. This comes despite the refusal of the current Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba to hand over power before elections.

In a speech on Monday, the Libyan PM described the formation of his government as a “heavy and grave task that will include all Libyan parties. The new government will represent the true meaning of effective political participation from everyone.”

Bashagha also confirmed that he would submit his government to the Libyan Parliament, for a vote of confidence, “at the specified time.” He pointed out that his assignment came, “after a historic agreement between the Parliament and the High Council of State (HCS).” He called on the Libyan people to support him.

The Libyan PM-designate stressed the necessity of holding the elections as scheduled, and pledged not to run in the upcoming Presidential elections.

He pointed out that, “the process of transferring power will take place in accordance with legal and constitutional mechanisms, by peaceful means, and without obstacles.” He explained that Dbaiba is “a civil and respected figure who does not like wars, and believes in the peaceful transfer of power.”