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Arab Envoy to Libya: Political Solution Hindered by Warlords, Foreign Interference | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Libya has been mired in turmoil since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. (Reuters)

Tunis – Arab Envoy to Libya Salah Eddine Al-Jamali said that a solution to the crisis in Libya required dialogue and rebuilding trust between the different warring factions.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, al-Jamali blamed the ongoing crisis on warlords and militias seeking to achieve their own interests, as well as foreign powers looking to implement their agendas.

On the conflict between Speaker Aguila Saleh, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and General Khalifa Haftar, the Arab envoy said that the problem was “more superficial than substantial”.

“Rebuilding trust and holding dialogue is important now more than ever to successfully achieve the transitional period and move towards parliamentary and presidential elections,” al-Jamali said.

Asked about the security in Tripoli, the Arab envoy described the situation as “difficult”, noting that in wake of the absence of firm control by the army or police in the area, the prime minister established what is known as the presidential guards to maintain the safety of government buildings and embassies.

Al-Jamali urged the different political parties in Libya to sit around a dialogue table in order to rebuild trust between the country’s leaderships.

“More efforts should be exerted in order to convince the parties to go back on their decision to reject dialogue,” he stated.

He also underlined the difficult economic conditions in the African country, especially with regards to salaries and hospital services, due to the lack of financial liquidity.

On foreign interference, the Arab envoy said that a dialogue should be held between the Arab League, the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations to limit the influence of external meddling in the Libyan crisis.