South African President Warns against Foreign Interference in Libya

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On Tuesday, the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, received a telephone call from the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, in which he discussed the latest developments in Libya.

Al-Sarraj explained the efforts undertaken to achieve security and stability in Libya through the tracks adopted during the Berlin Conference.

Ramaphosa affirmed his, and the African Union’s support for the Libyan people by declaring his welcoming of the ceasefire agreement that has paved the way for peace negotiations.

The two touched on the desired results of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), to be held in Tunis on 9 November.

Ramaphosa stressed the need to allow the people the opportunity to reach a Libyan-led solution to the crisis. According to the South African President, this solution should ensure the country’s safety, without any external interference.

Ramaphosa also criticized foreign interference in Libya, and in the African continent in general. For him, such interference contributes to “fuelling conflicts and igniting proxy wars.”

Notably, the 5+5 Joint Military Commission’s (JMC) meeting in Ghadames has concluded, with the parties having “agreed on concrete steps to be taken to implement the permanent ceasefire agreement,” per the Acting Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Stephanie Williams.