Qatar’s foreign minister says the Gulf state supports efforts to end instability and “foreign interference” in Libya.
Qatar has reiterated its support for the political process backed by Libya, which aims to end ten years of chaos and “foreign interference” in the North African country.
“We support the UN-sponsored political process in the hope of preserving Libya’s territorial integrity and avoiding foreign interference in its affairs,” Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman said on Sunday. Al Thani, on a visit to the Libyan capital.
“Our exchanges were fruitful, especially in terms of supporting the transition process in Libya … Qatar’s position is firm,” he told reporters, alongside his Libyan counterpart, Najla al-Mangoush.
Since Libya’s new government took power, several countries have reopened embassies and al-Mangoush said he hoped Doha would follow suit soon.
“I think I had good news,” al-Mangoush added, without providing further details.
The overthrow and assassination of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 plunged Libya into a bloody power struggle.
But in October, rival groups signed a truce, launching a United Nations-led process.
From Libya provisional unity government was created in March, replacing two rival administrations: one the UN-recognized government based in the capital of Tripoli and the other in the east of the allied country to renounce Commander Khalifa Haftar – to lead the country in the December elections.
“Qatar played a crucial role in supporting the Libyans’ ambitions to become a democratic state,” Al Jazeera’s Malik Traina said, reporting from Tripoli.
Traina said the Qatari delegation and its Libyan hosts discussed ways to stabilize Libya to allow elections to be held later this year.
Qatar, along with Turkey, had supported the government in western Libya, while countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt had supported Eastern forces.
According to the UN, more than 20,000 foreign mercenaries and military are still in Libya.