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Questions about absence of Libyan factions in London meeting

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial

Libyan observers considered London foreign ministerial meeting on Libya as a clear message that the Libyan issue would remain in the hands of the International parties and away from the Libyan factions.

The observers said that the represented countries at the meeting wanted to deal with the Libyan issues away from any Libyan representatives to avoid the obstacles and the tensions between the Libyan factions.

The Libyan activist, Sheikh Ali Sallabi, had criticized the attendance of the Egyptian and Emirati foreign ministers, considering it as a negative message to the Libyans who are suffering from the interventions of the two countries.

Sallabi stated that the participation of the United Kingdom (UK), the USA, France, and Italy is essential because it reflects the importance of Libya to those countries. He added that “but it looks like that these countries’ concern is not real because it had involved the Egyptian and Emirati representatives who had become against the Libyan revolution and the Libyans.”

Sallabi said that in this case, the meeting should have included other regional sides who have their interests in Libya, such as Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco who had hosted the meetings of Skhirat that resulted in having the Political Agreement.

On the other side, the Italian Foreign Ministry said that meeting was held in the presence of the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame to exchange the opinions on the efforts of the UN to prepare for New York’s meeting on 20th of the current month.

The meeting talked about the features of the roadmap to amend the Political Agreement and to prepare for the parliamentary and presidential elections.

The American Foreign Ministry said, in a statement, that the elections should be held urgently to end the crisis and the political division in Libya.

From his side, the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, stated that the elections should be held by the beginning of the coming year through an accurate timetable.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said on its official website that “the meeting is an opportunity to discuss how to break the political deadlock in Libya, and to build momentum in support of the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his Special Representative. Helping to bring stability to Libya is a vital part of UK efforts to tackle the threat of terrorism and the issue of illegal migration, which exist in close proximity to Europe.”

The statements of the Foreign Ministries of Italy and the UK expected that the international meeting of the 20th of this month on the sidelines of the meeting of the UN General Assembly would discuss the roadmap that would be announced by after his series of meetings with international, regional, and Libyan sides.

British diplomatic sources said that the representatives of UK, America, and Italy put pressure on the Egypt and Emirates, who support the commander of the Dignity Operation, to stop opposing the Political Agreement.

It is worth mentioning that the meeting that was held on Wednesday and Thursday in London talked about the Libyan crisis, the Hurricane Irma, and the North Korean problems.