Russia, Turkey, International Community Hail Libyan Dialogue in Morocco

Photo credit: Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Rabat – Several diplomats from across the world called Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, on Friday to express their satisfaction with the Moroccan initiative to host a Libyan dialogue.

Between September 6-10, Morocco hosted talks between delegations representing the Tripoli-based Libyan High Council of State and the Tobruk-based Libyan House of Representatives.

The negotiations aimed to help solve the Libyan crisis and resulted in a “comprehensive agreement” between the parties.

The diplomats that welcomed Morocco’s initiative on Friday include foreign ministers from countries that are involved in the Libyan conflict, such as Russia and Turkey.

Russia supports and supplies the Tobruk-based Libyan National Army (LNA) with arms. Meanwhile, Turkey has sent weapons and personnel to the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).

Bourita’s phone call with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, tackled the results of the Libyan dialogue in Morocco, as well as recent developments in the Libyan crisis.

The two ministers also discussed bilateral relations between Morocco and Russia and the upcoming 8th meeting of the Morocco-Russia intergovernmental commission.

The meeting is set to take place on December 2 in Moscow, in parallel with Bourita’s official visit to the transcontinental country.

For his part, Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, also applauded Morocco’s initiative to host the Libyan dialogue.

In his phone call with Bourita, Cavusoglu “hailed Morocco’s efforts in Libya,” Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported.

International recognition

In addition to the Russian and Turkish FMs, Bourita had a telephone conversation with the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, David Hale.

The call centered on Morocco-US bilateral relations, but also issues of common interest in Africa and the Maghreb, most notably the Libyan crisis.

The US had previously welcomed the Moroccan initiative through its embassies in Rabat and Tripoli.

“The US Embassy shares the UN’s confidence that Libyan  talks in Morocco will have a positive impact on UN-facilitated and Libyan-led political dialogue,” wrote the US Embassy in Tripoli on September 8.

“Congratulations to Morocco for its efforts to host the Libyan Dialogue in Bouznika in support of UN-led political dialogue,” added the US Embassy in Morocco.

Over the past few days, Jordan, France, Qatar, Belgium, Bahrain, Spain, Italy, Kuwait, and Japan have all welcomed Morocco’s efforts to help solve the Libyan crisis.

Meanwhile, the UN, the African Union, the European Union, the Arab League, and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States have also commended the Moroccan initiative, reiterating Morocco’s belief that an inter-Libyan brokered agreement is the surest way out of the country’s lingering conflict.