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Arab countries and Turkey support GNA move to Tripoli

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Aya Khalil

The Arab League welcomed the transfer of the Presidential Council (PC) to Tripoli. The Secretary-General, Nabil Al-Araby, called on all political forces, especially the members of the House of Representatives (HoR), to cooperate with the Government of National Accord (GNA) to carry out its tasks.

He urged other parties, especially the tribal chiefs, notables and civil society organizations, to gather around the GNA, Al-Wasat website reported, LIBYAPROSPECT translates for its readers.

He stressed that it is important for Libyans to take the advantage of regional and international momentum, especially the efforts of the Secretary General’s Special UN envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, to support the GNA and spare the country more victims and suffering, or any other complications that may adversely affect the unity of Libya, sovereignty and national territorial integrity and social fabric.

Al-Araby called for “enabling the GNA to perform its national duties as it represents important stage on the road to achieve national reconciliation, and the embodiment of the aspirations of the Libyan people in restoring security and stability throughout Libya, and the completion of the building national institutions and laying the foundations of a democratic system sought by the Libyan people, and rehabilitation of the armed forces and security agencies to deal with terrorist organizations”.

According to a statement of the league, Al-Araby held consultations with Libya’s neighboring countries, including the Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League in Algeria, Abdul-Qader Messahel, the Tunisian Foreign Minister, Khamis Al-Jhinawy, and the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry.

The statement stated that the consultations come within the framework of following statement issued by the meeting of the eighth neighboring countries, which stressed the need to support the GNA and its work from Tripoli.

In the same context, the General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union welcomed the arrival in a statement describing it as “important development, which is fundamental building block on the road to complete the political process in Libya” it renewed its full support to the GNA.

It called on all parties to support the GNA, so that it can perform its functions in the best conditions to restore security and stability in Libya and fight terrorism.

It emphasized that supporting the GNA will contribute to the promotion of joint Maghreb action, in order to achieve the aspirations of the peoples of the region.

From his side, the spokesman of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Abu-Zeid, said that Cairo considered the arrival of the Presidential Council in Tripoli to be an important step towards the implementation of a political solution, stressing the importance of preserving the institutions included the Libyan political agreement.

The spokesman confirmed the need for enabling the Presidential Council to properly prepare for the return of the GNA to Tripoli to work under the protection of the state institutions

In the same context, Algeria welcomed the entry of the Presidential Council to Tripoli, believing that the step will achieve national reconciliation, security and stability in the country.

The Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abdul-Aziz bin Ali Al-Sharif, stated that the step will open the doors for the national reconciliation.

The move was considered by Tunisia as an important step in the process of activating the political process in Libya, and in line with the statement issued by the eighth-ministerial meeting of Libya neighboring countries, which was held in Tunisia, on March 22.

Ankara also welcomed the start of the work of members of the Presidential Council in Tripoli.

A statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry pointed out that Turkey expects the Presidential Council to act in a spirit of dialogue and reconciliation with all sectors in Libya, and to accelerate the efforts to provide security in all parts of the country, calling on all Libyans to support the GNA.