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Second round of the inter-Libyan Dialogue in Bouznika, Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco hosted in the city of Bouznika, the Second round of the inter-libyan Dialogue which has been marked by important agreements on criteria for filling positions of Sovereignty between delegations from the Tripoli-based High Council of State and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives.  Morocco, through this Second round, reaffirmed its neutral position to help Libyans enjoy their fundamental rights and defend the sovereignty of the Libyan state. In this regard, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita highlighted that Morocco, inspires “admiration and pride” because the participating delegations have put aside disagreements and prioritized the interest of their country.

Recalling that the inter-libyan dialogue made good progress as witnessed through the final declaration including important agreements, the Minister underlined that no one was betting on these Bouznika discussions at the beginning, while some have already predicted it to fail, noting, however, that thanks to the will of the two parties, their positive spirit, as well as the support of the presidents of the two delegations, a major step forward has been achieved.  Mr. Bourita seized the occasion to stress the need to sustain and preserve the positive momentum created by the inter-Libyan dialogue, which "bodes well," emphasizing the role of international support and encouragement for these talks from countries as well as regional and international organizations.

The Minister added that the inter-Libyan dialogue has had a positive echo among Libyans, who saw in it a "glimmer of hope and optimism," highlighting the role of all parties who have accompanied the dialogue in a constructive and positive manner since the beginning, including the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and its head Stephanie Williams who encourages this Dialogue, viable to put an end to the stalemate experienced by the Libyan issue. In fact, the UN official called, through a video conference, on all parties in Libya to work together with shared responsibility to reach a lasting agreement in favour of their country and the Libyan people. Mrs. Williams, while hailing the cessation of hostilities and clashes in Libya recently, expressed, earlier, her satisfaction for the fruitful discussions held in Bouznika, leading to reach an agreement on the selection of the appropriate persons for the posts of Sovereignty, in accordance with the provisions of the 2015 Morocco’s Skhirate Agreement.

For their part, both Libyan delegations thanked His Majesty the King and Morocco for providing “appropriate conditions” to “bring their views closer” in order to reach a consensus and find a political solution that would “unify the sovereign institutions.” In the same vein, both delegations called on the participants in the Berlin process and the Meeting on Libya on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to support the Bouznika process which has achieved a positive outcome. The Libyan delegations also criticized the “negative foreign interference,” echoing Morocco’s concerns that such acts undermine the sovereignty of Libyans and their legitimate rights.

Through the final declaration marked by important agreements on criteria for filling positions of Sovereignty, both parties emphasized that "the outcome of the dialogue between the two delegations constitutes a contribution on which it is possible to capitalize, to establish stability in the country and put an end to the institutional division". The Libyan delegations also expressed, through this document, their determination to continue their consultative meetings, in the Kingdom of Morocco, in order to coordinate the action of political, executive and control institutions, thus ensuring the end of the transitional period. The Tripoli-based High Council of State and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives stressed equally the fact that the Bouznika dialogue sessions were marked by a spirit of national responsibility that gave priority to the general interest, with the aim of overcoming the current political division.

Besides, the two delegations put at the disposal of the Libyan High Council of State and the House of Representatives the minutes of the agreements they reached during the 1st and 2nd rounds of the inter-Libyan Dialogue in Morocco, in order to proceed with the measures of renewal of the structures of the sovereign institutions, which are primordial in the management of the country and the preservation of the values of the Libyan people.

It is worth recalling that the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League, and other international institutions continue to commend Morocco’s role regarding the Libyan crisis and its efforts to convene the parties to the conflict for talks.