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Dialogue for national reconciliation in Libya

February 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm

A political source in Libya has revealed that an extensive dialogue process is taking place with tribal leaders in support of national reconciliation. The anonymous source claims that the emphasis is on the need to develop and maintain security and stability in the country. Initial results of the dialogue are “positive and encouraging”.

Dr. Ali Muhammad Al-Salabi is playing a leading role in the efforts to establish positive dialogue The member of the General Secretariat of the Union of Muslim Scholars has, it is said, already been in touch with a number f tribal leaders, not only in the east of Libya but also with some who were in exile during the struggle against Gaddafi. There is, reports Dr Al-Salabi, a general consensus on the need to support the reconciliation efforts.

Tribes are a key part of society in Libya and securing their position, along with that of the political, civil and religious institutions in the country, is a vital part of protecting Libyan sovereignty. It is important to have a dialogue through religious leaders who are well-respected by the tribal elders if the slide to civil war is to be averted.