Skhirat Agreement a Reference for Reaching a Solution to the Libyan Crisis (Mr. Jazouli)

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Skhirat Agreement a Reference for Reaching a Solution to the Libyan Crisis
The Skhirat political agreement constitutes a reference for reaching a solution to the Libyan crisis, said, Saturday in Addis Ababa, minister delegate to the minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mohcine Jazouli.

"The Skhirat political agreement of 17 December 2015 is a reference point for understanding the new realities and reaching a solution that will put an end not only to open hostilities, but also to past rivalries in order to unify the Libyan military forces," Jazouli said at a high-level meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) devoted to the situation in the Sahel and the crisis in Libya.

This agreement, which has been highly praised by regional and international bodies, is not the result of diplomatic conciliations, but the outcome of lengthy discussions among the Libyans themselves, Jazouli stressed at the meeting, which was held in the presence of, notably, Ismail Omar Guelleh, president of Djibouti, in his capacity as chairperson of the PSC for the current month, Abdelfattah Al-Sissi, president of Egypt, outgoing chairperson of the AU, Denis Sassou N'Guesso, president of the Republic of Congo, Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the AU Commission.

The minister delegate expressed the Kingdom's deep concern over the continuing stalemate in the Libyan political process due to the persistent precariousness of the security and humanitarian environment.

"This situation is the direct result of self-serving external interference in Libya's internal affairs, which undermines efforts to establish a permanent and unconditional ceasefire and jeopardizes the various international initiatives aimed at establishing an inter-Libyan dialogue," Jazouli stressed.

"Let us make it clear that selfish interests and narrow agendas have taken precedence over the supreme interests of the Libyan people," said the Moroccan official.

Morocco, which has consistently supported the promotion of dialogue and national reconciliation in Libya, reaffirms the need to respect the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of that brotherly country, he added.

Morocco once again calls on Libyan stakeholders to create an environment conducive to dialogue in order to overcome their differences and reach the consensus needed to restore lasting peace, security, stability and harmony in Libya, he stressed, noting that the search for a solution to the crisis in Libya must, above all, focus on the revitalization of the Libyan State and its institutions.

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