The Foreign Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord, Mohamed Taher Siyala, announced that the visit of a high-level Egyptian delegation to Tripoli late last week was too late, despite its importance.
During a joint press conference held in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, Siala said that the negotiations between them touched on the results of the “important Egyptian delegation’s visit” and Cairo’s decision to reopen its embassy in Tripoli.
He continued: “The visit of the Egyptian delegation, of course, was long overdue, and we would have liked the Egyptian side to be close to the parties equally, so that it would get acquainted with thinking and contribute to building confidence between the two parties.”
The minister called on all parties that had confidence in the possibility of a military solution in Libya to “reconsider their accounts and approach all parties” with the aim of supporting the peaceful settlement and assisting the exit of foreign fighters from the country.
In his speech, Siala pointed out that he had asked Russia to support the agreements concluded within the framework of the 5 + 5 negotiations between the Libyan parties under the auspices of the United Nations regarding the withdrawal of foreign fighters from the country.
The minister stressed the need for a “realistic analysis” of the reality of the situation in Libya, noting that the House of Representatives, which is based in Tobruk, meets with a number not exceeding a quarter of the members of the House of Representatives, while more than two-thirds of the members of the House meet in Tunis and the Libyan city of Ghadames.
Siala warned that the steps taken under the pretext of “fighting terrorism” brought Libya to the status quo and led to the outbreak of international conflicts on its territory. “The talk was about the presence of medium and light weapons, and now the presence of strategic combat aircraft has become.”
In response to the recent threat of the commander of the “Libyan National Army”, Khalifa Haftar, to take military measures in order to “expel the mercenaries and expel the Turkish presence,” Siyala expressed the hope of the Government of National Accord that no party would think of “igniting the conflict of war again”, and stressed that the government created by The Skhirat Agreement does not intend to relinquish its responsibility for “protecting Tripoli and all Libyan cities.”