Nasser Bourita: Morocco will always stand by Libya and support its efforts

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Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nasser Bourita, said today in Rabat that Morocco will always stand by Libya “without any agenda other than the security and stability” of the country. 

Following discussions between the two sides, Mr. Bourita told a joint press conference with Vice-President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Abdullah Al-Lafi, that “the Kingdom will always be alongside Libya, keeping pace with the efforts of the international community, without any interference or agenda, except for the security and stability of Libya, because this is important for the Morrocco.”

Mr. Al-Lafi was also informed of His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s support for the Libyan political path, the achievements of the Presidential Council and the interim executive authorities of Libya since they took office, and His Majesty the King’s support for Libyan efforts to overcome difficulties and meet Libyan expectations, according to the Minister.

Mr. Bourita noted that the current situation in Libya is marked by some political challenges, particularly in the preparation of elections and the fulfillment of security and military commitments, adding that “Morocco, to the extent that it is aware of these challenges, is confident that Libya and the Libyans have the capacity to overcome these challenges.”

He emphasized that the Libyan elections remained an important entitlement for resolving the question of legality in Libya, “where there was a Libyan and international consensus that the resolution of this issue must be made to the Libyan people, through a transparent and sound entitlement,” adding that Morocco believed that the obstacles in the preparation of these elections could be overcome “witness to the Libyan people, through a transparent and sound entitlement.”

Morocco, according to Mr. Bourita, “does not have a magic stick,” but “has His Majesty the King’s honest intention and instructions to always open the road for the Libyans to negotiate among themselves and find consensus to overcome difficulties.” The Minister, on the other hand, recalled that the issue of national reconciliation had been discussed with the Vice-President of the Libyan Presidential Council, “which is critical for turning the page on the past and restoring full harmony among all components of the Libyan people.” Morocco, which has experience in this area and has followed a model path through the Equity and Reconciliation Commission, is willing to share its knowledge and stay up with Libya.

In terms of bilateral relations, Mr. Bourita emphasized His Majesty the King’s desire to maintain strong ties between the two fraternal peoples and to maintain constant communication with Libyan institutions in light of the two countries’ shared history and destiny, as well as the challenges they face in the Maghreb region.

He had discussed with the Libyan official the organization of a forum for Moroccan-Libyan businessmen in the coming weeks, as well as the convening of the Joint Consular Commission in the coming days, to address all issues of concern to the Libyan and Moroccan communities, as well as how to preserve that important human asset, which was a key point of dialogue in bilateral relations. The focus of the discussions was also on the expansion of bilateral cooperation in a number of key sectors, including the peasant sector.

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