Dialogue in Morocco Ends with Compromises

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On Thursday, the Libyan dialogue sessions have ended with compromises over the state’s sovereign positions. The sessions that took place in the Moroccan town of Bouznika, between the Tripoli-based High Council of State and the eastern-based Parliament. The delegates agreed to complete the inter-Libyan dialogue, in the last week of this month.

The joint final communiqué stated that an atmosphere of optimism prevailed over the sessions, which were launched on Sunday. Representatives of the two delegations confirmed that the consultations were taking place in a positive, and friendly atmosphere. The statement pointed out that foreign interference had contributed to fuelling the conflict in the country.

In a press conference held at the end of the dialogue sessions, Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said that Libyans are best placed to prioritize the interest of their country and achieve peace and stability. He addressed the delegates, saying: “You have proven that the Libyans are able to find solutions to their problems without foreign tutelage … Congratulations on what you have reached during the dialogue.” Bourita also thanked all the countries and international organisations that voiced their support for the dialogue hosted by Morocco.

The representative of the Parliament hailed the role played by Morocco in hosting the dialogue sessions. Important understandings had been achieved thanks to the dialogue sessions, including the setting of clear standards aimed at eliminating corruption and ending the state of institutional division.

The High Council of State representative expressed his confidence in Morocco’s fair and neutral position over the crisis in Libya. Adding, “we have shared many common views on issues, that we previously thought were difficult to be resolved.” Earlier, Libyan media reported that an agreement had been reached, on naming heads of sovereign bodies during the Bouznika talks. It added that the two Libyan delegations have agreed to distribute 7 out of the 10 sovereign positions.