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Libya national reconciliation talks begins meetings in Tripoli

Libya's interim leaders Musa al-Koni (L) and Mohamed El-Menfi talk to the press after their meeting with the French President at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris on March 23, 2021 [LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images]
Libya's interim leaders Musa al-Koni (L) and Mohamed El-Menfi talk to the press after their meeting with the French President at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris on March 23, 2021 [LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images]

The founding forum of Libya's National Reconciliation Commission began its meetings in the capital, Tripoli, yesterday, Anadolu news agency reported.

The Libyan Presidential Council said in a statement that the meeting was attended by both Vice Presidents of the Presidency Council Musa Al-Koni and Abdullah Al-Lafi, Justice Minister Halima Ibrahim, and Minister of Displaced Affairs Ahmed Abu-Khuzam.

The meeting was also attended by the UN Development Program representative in Libya Gerardo Noto, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Georgette Gagnon, and African Union representative in Libya Wahida Ayari via video link.

Al-Lafi stressed the importance of "national reconciliation in all its tracks in order to bring Libya to safety, in preparation for holding the elections on schedule".

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Meanwhile, Abu-Khuzam said that "the government's support for the reconciliation project will consolidate the right of return for displaced Libyans both at home and abroad."

Speaking at the meeting, Gagnon explained that the UN mission supports the comprehensive reconciliation project because it will lead Libya to a stage of stability.

On 16 March, an elected transitional authority, comprising a unity government and a presidential council, assumed its duties to lead the country to parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December.

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