Moroccan FM stresses importance of upcoming Libyan elections

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RABAT, MOROCCO - MAY 8: Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita and Aguila Saleh Issa (not seen), President of the Libyan House of Representatives in Tobruk hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Rabat, Morocco on May 8, 2017. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita on Sunday underscored the importance of Libya’s upcoming general elections which are expected to lay the foundation for long-term stability in the Maghreb country.

Morocco supports the efforts of the Libyan legitimate institutions to prepare for the next elections, Bourita told the press following his talks in Rabat with visiting head of the Libyan transitional government, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.

“The provision of all the conditions for the success of the upcoming elections on Dec. 24 will allow Libyan people to enjoy stability, achieve development, and put an end to the foreign presence,” Bourita added.

For his part, Dbeibah welcomed Morocco’s mediation efforts during the Libyan crisis for stability in his country, adding that his visit aims to consolidate bilateral relations.

“We aspire to hold the Joint Committee on Consular Affairs to facilitate the granting of visas for study and residence in the two countries,” he said, adding that the 9th meeting of the Moroccan-Libyan joint committee is planned to be held in Morocco.

Arriving in Rabat earlier on Sunday, Dbeibah is scheduled to meet with many Moroccan officials.

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