Morocco Reaffirms that Solution to Libyan Crisis Lies with Libyans, Elections

Morocco, through its Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, reiterated, Monday, that the solution to the Libyan crisis is in the hands of the Libyans and through elections. He emphasized that Morocco has always been convinced that the UN umbrella is necessary to legitimize any process and solution to the Libyan crisis.

In a statement to the press following talks with the Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya, Stephanie Khoury, Bourita highlighted the importance of the UN being involved in the Libyan file and being aware of the diplomatic moves made by Morocco in this context. He noted that this commitment has been evident since the Libyan dialogue in Skhirat, where Morocco worked with the UN, as well as in Bouznika and all related meetings.

Bourita explained that Khoury's visit to Morocco is part of the ongoing coordination and consultation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Nations, based on King Mohammed VI's instructions that Morocco’s actions concerning the Libyan file should always be in consultation and coordination with the United Nations, as the primary sponsor of the Libyan process. This approach is also rooted in the strong historical and humanitarian ties between the Moroccan and Libyan peoples.

Bourita emphasized that today's meeting provided an opportunity for Morocco to firstly reaffirm its consistent position on the Libyan crisis, and secondly to highlight that the conditions in Libya are currently conducive to progress in the Libyan process.

He stressed that Morocco has always been convinced that the solution to the Libyan crisis lies in the hands of the Libyans and that resolving the issue of legitimacy in Libya can only be achieved through elections.

According to the minister, the Kingdom of Morocco always works with all Libyan institutions in a framework of respect and credibility and maintains positive and respectful relations with all Libyan institutions and parties.

He added that "Morocco always works from a position of respect for all Libyan institutions and parties, regardless of these institutions," emphasizing that this consultation could drive the Libyan crisis towards resolution, given the urgent need to address the security, economic challenges, and social demands of the Libyan people.

Bourita affirmed the necessity of finding a solution to the Libyan crisis today, as it significantly impacts the security and stability of North Africa and the Sahel region.

The minister noted that the discussion with the Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya "was frank and positive, stemming from our mutual conviction that cooperation and consultation are essential to advancing this process."

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