Bashagha Calls for Inclusive National Dialogue


The Libyan Parliament designated Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha called for “a comprehensive dialogue within the framework of national reconciliation, targeting all political, societal and military forces that wish to establish a solid civil life.”

Bashagha said that his government is launching this initiative to “expand the scope of communication and participation with everyone.” He hoped that this “will be reflected in unifying efforts and preparing for the construction and reconstruction phase, given that the fratricidal fighting is a red line that cannot be touched.”

This was during his speech at a press conference, after the second meeting of the government in Derna. He added that the initiative is set to agree “on some national values and principles,” explaining that the government “extends its hand to communicate with all parties, political blocs, and civil society organisations.”

Bashagha noted that the government also wants to “expand the base of dialogue with Sheikhs, notables, and elders in all cities. Especially those who have a distinguished role in reconciliation and settling disputes. The Libyan government acknowledges that the revolutionaries and many military forces had the final word in resisting tyranny and the war on terrorism. From now on, the government is keen to open discussions and dialogues with the leaders of military brigades to bridge the gap, dispel fears, and clarify its program.

The PM called on the Parliament , the High Council of State (HCS), the Presidential Council, and the military and security institutions to work with him to return all Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP’s) to their homes.

Bashagha presented the objectives of his initiative as “preserving Libyan sovereignty, preventing foreign interference, and achieving the aspirations of the Libyan people in holding elections.”

He called for all actors to avoid resorting to violence, and prevent any future confrontations. He also called for “respecting the laws and procedures resulting from the legislative bodies, granting amnesty and reconciliation, and burying the past with a commitment not to commit any transgressions in the future.”