Saudi FM Calls for Internal Political Talks in Libya

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On Wednesday, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, called for internal political talks in Libya. During the virtual 154th session of the Arab League Council on Turkish Intervention in Arab Countries, he urged Libyans to exercise self-restraint, and welcomed the ceasefire in the war-torn country.

Al-Saud stressed the need for a unified, and resolute common Arab policy, to deter Turkey through greater coordination among Arab countries. The FM also highlighted the support of Saudi Arabia for political solutions in Syria and Sudan. He expressed the Kingdom’s support for Iraqi efforts to achieve stability and end foreign interference in Iraq’s internal affairs.

Notably, dialogue sessions were held in Morocco between Sunday and Tuesday for Libya’s two rival parties. The delegates are from the eastern-based Parliament, and the Tripoli-based High Council of State. The intended goals of the discussions are to preserve the ceasefire and open negotiations to end differences between them.

Libya has been marred in violence between competing forces, militias, and extremists since the toppling and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The conflict pits the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), against the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, for control of the country.