A strategy for national reconciliation has been launched by Libya’s Presidential Council on Thursday amid a deep political crisis in the country.
In a speech during a ceremony held in the capital Tripoli, Mohamed al-Menfi, head of the council, said, “Libya needs national efforts to draw it away from foreign interference.”
Al-Menfi added, “It is time for Libyans to reconcile.”
Various foreign ambassadors were present at the ceremony also attended by al-Menfi’s two deputies.
Al-Menfi further stated, “Many countries have suffered from division and rift, but they triumphed by will and determination.”
Since the 2011 ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been plagued by turmoil and divisions.
In an effort to reach a consensus on the constitutional framework to hold Libya’s long-awaited elections, a last round of UN-sponsored talks was held in Egypt last week.
In the hope that the vote will contribute to ending years of armed conflict that have plagued the oil-rich country, Libyans are still waiting for the stalled polls to take place.