Libya: Morocco shocked after its exclusion from Berlin conference

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish lawmakers vote a bill that allows troop deployment to Libya, at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey, January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer
FILE PHOTO: Turkish lawmakers vote a bill that allows troop deployment to Libya, at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey, January 2, 2020. /REUTERS

Morocco has expressed its shock at its exclusion from the Berlin conference on Libya, that is happening this Sunday.

A statement from the ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates stresses that “the Kingdom of Morocco has always been at the forefront of international efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis.”

“Rabat played a decisive role in the conclusion of the Skhirat agreements, which are, to date, the only political framework – supported by the Security Council and accepted by all Libyan parties – for the resolution of the crisis in this brotherly Maghreb country,” it said.

“The Kingdom of Morocco understands neither the criteria nor the motivations behind the choice of countries participating in this meeting,” the same source adds.

“The host country of this conference which is far from the [Maghreb] region and the complexities of the Libyan crisis, cannot transform it into an instrument for the promotion of its national interests,” the statement said.

In 2015 Morocco hosted the UN-sponsored Skhirat Talks that were geared towards a political solution to the Libyan civil war that started in 2011.

The political agreement signed by the Libyan warring parties in Skhirat on December 17, 2015 is the only framework to date that has sought for a political solution in Libya.

For the past four years, Morocco has expressed its support for the political process in Libya, reiterating its principled position that there can be no military solution to the war-torn country.

As the infighting between the UN-supported Government of National Accord and renegade General Khalifa Haftar escalated in recent months, Morocco expressed its concern at foreign military deployment in Libya, rejecting any foreign interference in the North African country.

 

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