Libyan Parliament Highlights Food Security Challenges in Arab Countries

Member of Libya's Parliament (MP), Hassan Al-Barghouti
Member of Libya's Parliament (MP), Hassan Al-Barghouti

The Libyan Parliament called on the Arab countries to take a set of effective policies to build a social economic system, in order to address the food deficit.

In a speech delivered by the Member of Parliament (MP), Hassan Al-Barghouti, on behalf of the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh, the Libyan lawmaker said that food security challenges have become an international concern because they are linked to the concept of comprehensive security.

This came during the fifth conference of Arab Parliament and Speakers of Arab Councils and Parliaments, which was held at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo Saturday.

He also offered condolences to the Syrian and Turkish people after the earthquake that struck the two countries and led to thousands of casualties and injuries.

Al-Barghouthi noted that facing the challenges of food security in the Arab world has become a pivotal issue that cannot be left to circumstances and changes.

“Food security in the Arab countries requires a qualitative shift to pay attention to the agricultural sector and give it priority in the economic programs of governments,” he said.

“It also requires concerted efforts in order to establish security and stability to provide a better future that meets the aspirations of the Arab peoples for development and prosperity,” Al-Barghouti concluded.

Notably, Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Moammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.

On the 10th of February 2022, the Libyan Parliament announced the unanimous appointment of Fathi Bashagha as the new Prime Minister. However, Dbaiba warned that the appointment of a new interim government could lead to war and chaos in the country. He renewed his pledge to only hand power over to an elected government.

Last week, Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, received the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily.

During the meeting, Shoukry and Bathily discussed the latest developments in the Libyan crisis.

Ahmed Abu Zeid, the official Spokesman of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, affirmed that there are “intense efforts made by Egypt to advance the political process in Libya, on the basis of respect for the legitimate institutions, legal frameworks, and the will of the Libyan people.”