On Thursday, May 27, a forum titled “Deeper Understanding of Foreign Actors’ Policies Towards Libya” was organized with the initiatives of the Foundation of Political, Economic and Social Studies (SETA).
Libyan Presidential Council Member Abdullah al-Lafi, Libyan State Supreme Council President Khaled Al-Mishri, former Defense Minister Khaled Al-Namroush, former Foreign Minister Mohammed Sayala and many Libyan experts attended the forum where the attitude of foreign actors towards Libya was discussed.
During the conference, Presidential Council member Abdullah al-Lafi stated that Libya needs to re-evaluate its international relations. “The policies of international players towards Libya are still difficult to understand for many, as the political and media circles that control global public opinion as they like are on the side of those which aim to achieve their interests” he stated.
Lafi also pointed the differences between foreign actors those who support the Libyan people’s struggle to establish a civil state and those who want to return to restrictions, pressure, marginalization and economic and social backwardness. He emphasized that it is impossible to approach all actors with the same way. Al-Lafi also urged the need of academic and political research in order to direct Libya’s decision-makers.
Lafi was also critical of Haftar’s military ceremony to be held on May 29. In his statement one day after the forum, he stated that the ceremony is an attempt that would exacerbate the conflicts in country and undermine the national reconciliation.
Abdullah al-Lafi, as a representative of the western part of Libya, is one of the three members of the Presidential Council, elected by the UN-initiated Libyan National Dialogue Forum, to lead the country towards presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for December 24.