The Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Libyan National Unity Government, Najla Al-Manqoush, said that her country will not be a rear base, officially or in fact, to destabilize and security in the region, or use its lands and airspace as a base for any force.
Al-Manqoush expressed – in a joint press conference with British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs James Cleverly, yesterday, Thursday, in Tripoli – her appreciation for the British assistance to her country in taking its sovereign and political decisions by itself, by putting pressure on the countries interfering in Libya. Read also National Interest: Can a Constitutional Monarchy Benefit Libya? The Washington Post: The deadly legacy of Russian mercenaries in Libya… Dolls, toilets, and booby-trapped soft drink cans After ditching in the east, what prompted Egypt to enter Libya from the west?
Cleverly’s visit comes in the context of an intense diplomatic movement in an effort to stabilize the “fragile” stability in Libya, amid fears of a renewed military conflict, especially in light of the threats launched recently by retired Major General Khalifa Haftar from Benghazi.
In recent weeks, the United Nations Security Council and Western countries, including the United States, have called for expediting the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from Libya, which has not been achieved, although the ceasefire agreement signed by the Libyan Joint Military Committee on October 23 last year stipulated the withdrawal of these mercenaries within 90 days. from the entry into force of the agreement.
A call for the adoption of an interim constitution
On the other hand, the Supreme Council of State called yesterday evening to adopt the draft constitution prepared by the Constituent Assembly as an interim constitution for one presidential and parliamentary session, to get out of the current crisis.
And 91 members of the Council issued a statement in this regard, simultaneously calling for the postponement of the referendum on the constitution due to lack of time and logistical problems that prevent it from taking place before the presidential and parliamentary elections that are supposed to take place on December 24 next.
The deputies suggested that the next parliament consider the necessary amendments to the draft constitution, two years after the start of its work, and approve the draft.
They also suggested submitting the amended draft to a general popular referendum no later than the middle of the fourth and final year of the next parliament’s term, provided that all previous constitutional documents be canceled, justifying their call for the adoption of an interim constitution due to the fragility of the security and political conditions in the country.
The members of the Supreme Council of State affirmed their adherence to the roadmap emanating from the political dialogue forum, and the need to end the transitional stages and cross the stage of permanent stability by committing to the constitutional entitlement leading to the elections.
And last Tuesday, the head of the Supreme Council of State, Khaled Al-Mashri, accused local and international parties of trying to postpone the general elections, and confirmed that Haftar was behind the delay in holding the referendum on the constitution.