On Sunday, the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar received the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi in Benghazi.
The meeting discussed ways to create suitable conditions for “fair Parliamentary and Presidential elections.” As well as evaluating “strategies to address national security challenges along the Libyan borders.”
Prior to the meeting, Al-Mnifi embarked on a visit to inspect several developmental projects in the city, and assess the requirements for their completion ahead of the third meeting of the Financial Arrangements and Public Expenditure Committee. This is scheduled to take place on Monday, in Benghazi.
During the meeting, the two leaders emphasized the importance of “establishing an environment conducive to holding transparent and inclusive elections, enabling the Libyan people to choose their representatives freely.”
They also expressed the need to “ensure the security and stability of the country, particularly in light of the challenges posed by border security.”
The discussions encompassed various aspects related to electoral preparations, including voter registration, the role of electoral institutions, and the implementation of electoral laws.
The two stressed the significance of international support and cooperation, in facilitating a successful electoral process.
Furthermore, they deliberated on enhancing national security measures to safeguard Libya’s borders, and combat threats posed by transnational organized crime, terrorism, and illegal migration.
They exchanged views on strengthening coordination and intelligence sharing among security agencies, to effectively address these challenges.
The meeting concluded with a commitment to continue working collaboratively towards the successful organization of elections, and the preservation of national security.
The leaders underscored the significance of promoting unity, reconciliation, and stability in Libya. As well as the imperative of a peaceful and democratic transition.
Notably, Haftar held a meeting with the UN Special Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily in Benghazi.
During the meeting, the two underscored the pressing requirement to conclude the formulation of election laws, and reach a political consensus. The primary objective is to pave the way for a comprehensive and peaceful transition in the country.