The UN-sponsored Libyan political agreement has been signed Thursday in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, in a ceremony under the eyes of Arab and western foreign ministries, international organizations’ representatives, delegations of Libyan factions and the United Nations special envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler.
Skhirat agreement is the start of a tough journey to build a democratic state, Kobler said in the ceremony. He added that the political agreement mayn’t be satisfying for all parties but is an alternative to worse scenarios.
Prior to signing, Kobler promised that the international community will support the Government of National Accord which he advised to take care of Libyan people’s issues.
88 members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and more than 30 members from the General National Congress (GNC) attended the signing ceremony.
The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Salah Eddine Mezouar, in his remarks, advised politicians in disturbed countries should benefit of the Libyan experience to settle down their countries’ disputes. Sacrifices must be made to put an end to terrorism spread in Libya, he added.
Mezouar asserted that the agreement is “New Libya’s birth certificate”, and Morocco’s readiness to present the needed support to Libya whose national will recognize all whom participated in the event to pave the way for ending terrorism.
The HoR representative, Emhmed Shuaib, and the GNC chief deputy, Saleh Almakhzoum, had stated their remarks, followed by Foreign Ministers of Italy, Spain, Qatar, Tunisia and Turkey.
The member of the HoR, Abdulhafeedh Al-Sagheer, expressed happiness about signing the UN-sponsored agreement, and gratitude for Morocco for hosting the event. He noted, through remarks to media, the chiefs of the HoR and the GNC, Ageela Saleh and Nuri Abusahmain, respectively, are “singing out of tune”.
Ageela and Abusahmain denied in a joint press conference following a meeting in Malta authorizing anyone to sign the political agreement in Skhirat.
The agreement was due to be signed on Wednesday before being postponed to the next day, due to logistical reasons.