MFA Nasser Bourita holds talks with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, held talks, on January 30, 2023 in Rabat, with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily.

In a joint press conference after talks with the UN representative, Mr. Bourita reiterated Morocco's support for the efforts of the UN Secretary General's special representative in Libya, Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, to find a solution to the crisis in Libya, affirming the Kingdom's readiness to work with him permanently within the framework of his missions.

Mr. Bourita stated that the meeting was an opportunity to discuss the evolution of the situation in Libya, the progress made in some areas and the difficulties that still exist on the road to the solution of the Libyan crisis, as well as to recall the basics of the Moroccan position on this issue, represented by four key points.

The Kingdom also supports a peaceful Libyan solution to the Libyan crisis far from any outside interference and any initiative to impose military solutions in this country, the minister continued, adding that Morocco, as part of its support for the Libyan solution, is against any foreign interference in Libya and opposes making Libya "an arena for diplomatic disputes."

On the third point, Bourita stressed that the resolution of this crisis can only come through a Libyan solution with international support, noting that the essential role of the UN in achieving a solution occurs in this context.

On the fourth point, the minister pointed out that the Kingdom distinguishes between two issues, namely the question of legitimacy and the management of the transition period.

On the other hand, Bourita regretted the obstacles still facing the preparation of these elections and expressed his desire to overcome these difficulties thanks to the wisdom of the Libyans and the international efforts of all parties to reach a consensus and hold elections as soon as possible.

As for the management of the transitional period, Bourita explained that the management of this stage must be consensual, through the institutions that will work on the preparation of the elections, both the executive and the legislature.

The Kingdom affirms that there is a transitional phase and that the issue of legitimacy will be resolved through elections, just as there are institutions to work with from this point of view, he summed up, adding that Morocco is continuing its efforts alongside the United Nations to achieve this solution.

For his part, Mr. Bathily stressed the common will of the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Nations to contribute to the establishment of peace and stability in Libya.

"All Libya's neighbors and all international partners are concerned with the restoration of peace in this country so that it can regain stability after years of conflict," said the UN official.

In this regard, Mr. Bathily said that "the interim agreement is important for Libyans", who have expressed their desire to have stable and legitimate institutions, noting that these institutions are able to pave the way for prosperity in Libya to remain united and stable.

In addition, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya said he discussed with Bourita the Libyan file in the context of efforts made, including the agreements of Skhirat and Bouznika, to bring together the conditions for the success of all these efforts, in coordination with the UN.

"The resolution to this issue will be sustainable only with the involvement of Libyans themselves, and that is why we have continued to invite them to discuss and present the necessary compromises in order to reach an inter-Libyan agreement," he said.

"We are working with all partners, including Morocco and the international community, to achieve the same goal by taking the same path," he added, welcoming the commitment of Mr. Bourita in this direction.

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