MFA Nasser Bourita Stresses the Need to Build on Progress Made to Successfully Hold December Elections

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, received on September 13, 2021 in Rabat, the Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Mr. Ján Kubiš.

"We must build on the progress made at the military, institutional and political levels to succeed in these elections," said Mr. Bourita at a joint press briefing, following talks with Jan Kubis, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

He reasserted Morocco's readiness to work with the Libyan parties and the UN to successfully hold the electoral process.

"Morocco believes that the settlement of the situation in Libya must go through elections, by being prepared as best as possible on the legal and logistical aspects," he added.

The Libyan crisis, which is a crisis of legitimacy, "can only be resolved through a democratic exercise in which all Libyans must participate," he noted.

Recalling the position of the Kingdom in the resolution of the Libyan crisis, Bourita stressed that "Morocco has no agenda and no solution" in this question.

He explained that the role of Morocco, following the vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, is to create a space for dialogue for Libyans to reach an agreement, and to support the role of the United Nations, "as an essential platform in the unification and coordination of international efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya."

The minister commended the roles of the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Libya and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in strengthening the stability of the country.

Mr. Kubis expressed his gratitude to Morocco for being a strong partner and an active player in the international community for supporting the political process that should lead to more stability, unity and cooperation in Libya.

"The country will have new institutions and authorities, a strong democracy and legitimacy to overcome several challenges facing not only Libya but many countries in the region," he said.

He expressed his appreciation to His Majesty King Mohammed VI for Morocco's "availability", its "deep cooperation" to help the Libyan parties find their way, as well as for the Kingdom's support to the United Nations efforts in Libya, expressing the willingness that Morocco will continue to play this "very decisive" role in the future.

"We will leverage on the achievements of this cooperation to help Libya move to the next phase, through this political process marked by the December 24 elections," he noted.

Noting the consensus within the international community on the way forward in Libya and how to support the country on its path to security and stability, he noted that "Morocco's contribution in this sense is great".

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