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Mohammed Siyala: Taking Control over Libya is a Matter of Time | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Delegate of the Libyan Presidential Council Mohammed al-Taher Siyala

Tunisia- Libyan Presidential Council’s delegate Mohamed al-Taher Siyala told Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper that the political and military escalation witnessed in some Libyan cities and sides, including Sirte and some other areas east of Libya, will not reduce the Council’s determination to complete the stages of the peaceful settlement and give effect to the national unity’s government, headed by Fayez al-Siraj, across the country.

This escalation will not change the stance against all scenarios that aim at undermining the country’s unity and sovereignty, he affirmed.

Siyala also explained that the war against ISIS and other terrorists in eastern Libya, Sirte, and other cities is the responsibility of the Libyan Central Government, the unityl government, and the Presidential Council; confirming that it is not the responsibility of any of the countervailing forces, whatever their intentions are.

He added that spreading the council’s influence all over the country is just a “matter of time”, noting that Skhirat agreement provides all the citizens with their rights.

Siyala expected those who have been reluctant about him to join the absolute majority of the Libyan national leaders, who have taken part in the bloodshed, political settlement, national reconciliation, and the reconstruction of Libya depending on their local powers.

When asked about the outcomes of the 34th session of Arab Maghreb Union’s Foreign Ministers Council meeting, which was held in Tunisia few days ago, Siyala answered saying, “Maghreb’s foreign ministers agreed on supporting current political consensual track in Libya, led by the Presidential Council, and stressed on the refusal of any foreign military interference in Libya.”

He also mentioned the special support provided by the United Nations, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya’s neighboring countries for the Libyan negotiators to reach their new consensual political agreement.