UN envoy Jan Kubis discussed the Libyan situation with the Moroccan foreign minister

Naciones Unidas reconoce la aportaci贸n de Marruecos a la transici贸n hacia la paz en Libia

photo_camera AFP/FADEL SENNA - Nasser Bourita, Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, chairs a meeting of representatives of Libya's rival administrations in the coastal city of Bouznika, south of Rabat, 6 September 2020

The United Nations (UN) has highlighted the important work carried out by Morocco in developing the peace process in the Libyan nation. In this regard, the UN envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis, has had various contacts on the Libyan issue with the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita.

According to a statement from the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Nasser Bourita was one of the first foreign diplomats to receive a phone call from Kubis to discuss the situation in the North African country, which has been experiencing a bloody civil war since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011; A conflict in which the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and the other eastern executive in Tobruk, backed by the Libyan National Army of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, have been at loggerheads in recent years.

The Libyan confrontation had become a conflict involving a number of foreign powers with interests in the Mediterranean arc and the resources of oil-rich Libya. Thus, the Government of National Accord has the military support of Turkey, including the dispatch of mercenaries for hire from Syria and linked to groups linked in the past to jihadist entities (as various analysts have claimed), and the political and financial backing of Qatar, as various media outlets have pointed out. For its part, the Libyan National Army has been receiving support from Russia (also sending mercenaries, as various experts have pointed out), France, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. 

The UN envoy held in recent hours several telephone conversations with diplomats from all the countries involved in the Libyan peace process; and during the dialogue between Bourita and Kubis the situation in Libya and Morocco's efforts to facilitate negotiations between the Libyan parties to the conflict were discussed, as reported by Morocco World News. This ratifies the fundamental role of the Moroccan kingdom in helping the Libyans to reach a solution to their internal conflict.

The Libyan crisis seems likely to end after the political and military talks that took place in Morocco, Egypt and Switzerland, in which both sides, under international mediation by countries such as Morocco and entities such as the UN, brought positions closer together; and, especially, after the election of an interim Libyan government that will ensure that the next elections will take place under optimal conditions. This executive has a new interim prime minister in the form of Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, a businessman with good ties to Turkey, as well as the notable figure of Mohammad Younes Menfi as president of the Presidency Council. 

Abdul Hamid Dbeibah pronunciando un discurso por videoconferencia durante una reuni贸n del Foro de Di谩logo Pol铆tico Libio (LPDF). Los delegados libios en las conversaciones facilitadas por la ONU el 5 de febrero de 2021 eligieron a Abdul Hamid Dbeibah como primer ministro de transici贸n

Indeed, shortly before the contacts between Kubis and Bourita, the Alawi foreign minister received a phone call from the newly elected Libyan prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who welcomed Morocco's support for national reconciliation in Libya.

In recent months, Morocco hosted several meetings between the warring Libyan factions that allowed the rival parliaments to reach several agreements, culminating in the decision to hold democratic national elections on 24 December 2021 and the election of an interim government.

Morocco hosted three dialogue sessions between the different Libyan parties in Bouznika, near Rabat, between September and November 2020. Tangier, in the north of the Moroccan territory, also hosted a consultative meeting just after the Libyans agreed on the date for elections.

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