US ‘Very Grateful’ For Morocco’s Key Role in Supporting Political Process in Libya
Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita hosted in Rabat today Richard Norland, the US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya.
During the meeting, Norland conveyed his country’s satisfaction with Morocco’s mediation role in Libya.
He highlighted “the role that Morocco is acting in the region to support the political process in Libya,” and reiterated that the US is “very grateful” for Rabat’s key role in the peace-making endeavor.
The US official also described his talks with the Moroccan FM as “very useful,” focusing on several topics, in particular the upcoming elections in Libya scheduled for December.
“Now is the time to lay the constitutional and legal basis for these elections set to take place in December,” Norland added.
The meeting followed several statements from the US Department, which commended Morocco’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict.
In April, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US was appreciative of Morocco’s integral role as a mediator in the Libyan conflict and its commitment to regional security in the face of terror threats in North Africa and the Sahel.
UN officials and Libyan officials have repeatedly praised Morocco for playing a vital role in laying the groundwork for the ongoing UN-led efforts to find a political solution to the decade-long crisis in Libya.
Morocco’s government, which has repeatedly denounced foreign interference in Libya, renewed its position in June after delegations from previously rival Libyan factions visited Rabat to discuss the future of their country as well as that of Libya-Morocco relations.
The speaker of the Libyan High Council of State, Khaled El Mechri, and the speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh Issa, both visited Morocco in June as part of the ongoing Morocco-led dialogue between the two parties to resolve the Libyan crisis.
During both visits, Moroccan officials renewed Rabat’s commitment to strengthening dialogue between the Libyan parties.
For their part, the two Libyan officials recalled Morocco’s steady support for the Libyan peace talks. They said that the series of meetings Morocco organized to convene the two Libyan factions, namely the Bouznika, Skhirata, and Tangier meetings, have been vital and decisive in helping the Libyan parties find a common ground and commit to dialogue.
Source: Morocco World News.