Arab League: We appreciate Arab Efforts to Solve Libyan Crisis

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During the 154th ordinary session of the Arab League Council on Wednesday, Secretary General of the League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, expressed his grave concerns regarding the current situation in Libya.

Aboul Gheit also praised efforts made by Arab countries, to reach a political settlement, and resolve the current crisis in Libya. He expressed his hope that these efforts will bear fruit shortly, especially after the issuance of the Cairo Declaration and Morocco’s initiative where delegations from Libya’s Parliament and the Government of National Accord (GNA) have met to resolve the crisis.

“We are following the situation in Libya with great concern, and we hope that the parties will reach a permanent, and comprehensive ceasefire agreement, to reach an inclusive national peace settlement. Everyone knows that there is no military solution in Libya,” he said.

In his speech at a meeting of an Arab League ministerial committee concerning Turkish interference in Arab affairs, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urged a firm Arab stance towards Turkey’s destructive practices in the region. He stressed that the blatant Turkish interventions in the region represent the most important threat facing Arab national security. Shoukry highlighted Turkish practices of facilitating the transportation of thousands of mercenaries and terrorists from Syria to Libya, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez.

Since Sunday, dialogue sessions have been held in Morocco, between the rival sides in Libya’s conflict. The intended goals of the discussions are to preserve the ceasefire, and open negotiations to bring an end to the differences between the parties.