Sarraj: Rejection of Dialogue Increases Suffering of Libyans

Cairo- Libya’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has unveiled the reasons behind the failure to hold a tripartite meeting that was set to take place in Cairo on Tuesday to resolve the Libyan political crisis.

“General Khalifa Haftar and Speaker of Tobruk-based House of Representatives Aqilah Saleh rejected to meet,” Sarraj told Asharq Al-Awsat.

He said the dialogue will lead to solutions but the parties’ stubbornness is hurdling talks, increasing the agony of Libyans.

Sarraj unveiled his willingness to announce a new roadmap within days but refused to give further details.

Egyptian officials met each party aside but no tripartite meeting was held, according to Sarraj, who showed appreciation to Egypt’s efforts to resolve Libya’s crisis.

Answering a question on the next government line-up, he replied: “I don’t mind to form the cabinet because the prime issue is amending the constitution that is still paralyzing the parliament. Parties should convene to agree on a roadmap that salvages Libya.”

Sarraj declared that forming a government amid ongoing disputes won’t be of use as long as dialogue is being rejected.

Replying to a question on rumors of forming military and presidential councils, Sarraj said: “This has never been suggested.”

The Libyan PM left Egypt on Tuesday without announcing whether a meeting with Haftar or tripartite talks were held.

In a related matter, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit met with Libyan deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Qatrani and member of presidential council Omar al-Aswad in an attempt to make progress in efforts to solve the Libyan crisis, and to urge political dialogue among rival parties.

Arab League spokesman Mahmoud Afifi stated that Abul Gheit underlined during the meeting the organization’s commitment towards the Libyan people and Libya’s sovereignty and independence.


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