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Head of Libya’s High Council of State invited to meet rival in Egypt

June 16, 2022 at 6:20 pm

Head of the Libyan High Council of State (HCS) Khalid Al-Mishri in Istanbul, Turkey on 13 November 2021 [Ömer Ensar/Anadolu Agency]

Head of the Tripoli-based High Council of State, Khalid Al-Mishri, said Thursday he was invited to meet Libya’s Parliament Speaker, Aquila Saleh, for talks in Egypt, Anadolu News Agency reports.

In a statement, Al-Mishri said he was invited by UN Special Adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams, to review the conflicting points in the country’s political and constitutional path.

The High Council of State, which acts as a senate, is a rival to east Libya-based House of Representative (Parliament).

“What is important is to find the other partner serious about reaching national consensus to end the transitional period in Libya,” Al-Mishri said.

The third and last UN-sponsored talks kicked off in Cairo on Sunday, in an effort to reach consensus on the constitutional framework to hold Libya’s long-awaited elections.

Libyans are still waiting for the stalled polls to take place, in the hope that the vote will contribute to ending years of armed conflict that has plagued the oil-rich country.

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