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Fayez al-Sarraj, Libyan prime minister. Ismail Zitouny / Reuters

Malabo – The prime minister of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, has welcomed dialogue between the presidential council, parliament and the military institution to reach a political agreement aimed at ending the ongoing crisis.

He also stressed the need to set up a comprehensive strategy to fight terrorism within the country’s territories.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Sarraj said he was ready to work with the different political forces, highlighting the outcome of the London meeting on Libya, which was held to discuss the country’s economic and financial situation.

He added that participants have agreed to hold another meeting in Rome to put the bases for an agreement that would end disputes between the economic and financial institutions.

The Libyan premier called on the military institution to fully cooperate with the presidential council in order to set up a strategy to fight terrorism, adding that military operations in the city of Sirte have reached the final stages.

He also noted that the presidential council was waiting for the next parliamentary session to agree on the constitutional measures needed to form a new government.

Sarraj said that many international and regional efforts were underway to resolve the current problems, adding that he hoped Parliament would assume its role and its responsibilities in the coming period. The premier also said he hoped the country’s military institution would cooperate fully with the government to reach a political agreement.

Asked whether a meeting would be held with Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh and General Khalifa Haftar to unite the political views, Sarraj said: “We have deployed several efforts to arrange a meeting together; the presidential council is ready to hold dialogue with the different institutions and political forces.”

On the priorities of the presidential council, Sarraj said those include promoting coexistence and resolving all current disputes.

“We should bolster the political agreement in order to end the sufferings of the Libyan people,” he added.

Commenting on recent measures taken by Tunisia on its borders with Libya to prevent the crossing of militants into both countries, the premier said that such measure would benefit both sides, adding that cooperation was maintained with Tunisian officials to face terrorist threats.