Qatar’s foreign minister says the Gulf state supports efforts to end instability and ‘foreign interference’ in Libya.
Qatar reiterated its support for the internationally supported political process Libya, aimed at ending 10 years of unrest and “foreign interference” in the North African country.
“We support the UN -initiated political process in the hope that it will preserve the integrity of Libya’s territory and prevent foreign interference in its activities,” according to a visit to the Libyan capital on Sunday.
“Our exchanges have been fruitful, especially the support for Libya’s transition process… Qatar’s position is strong,” he told reporters, standing next to his Libyan counterpart, Najla al-Mangoush.
Since the new Libyan government took power, several countries have also opened embassies, and al-Mangoush said he hopes to follow suit in Doha as well.
“I think I have good news,” al-Mangoush added, without giving further details.
The fall and assassination of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 put Libya in a bloody struggle for power.
But in October, rival groups signed a ceasefire, prompting a United Nations -led process.
Libya’s interim unity government began in March, replacing two rival administrations – one recognized by the UN government based in the capital Tripoli and one in the eastern allied country to oust commander Khalifa Haftar – to lead the country in the election in December.
“Qatar has an important role to play in supporting Libyans’ ambitions to become a democratic state, ”Al Jazeera’s Malik Traina said, reporting from Tripoli.
Traina said the Qatari delegation and their hosts in Libya discussed ways to strengthen Libya to allow elections to be held by the end of the year.
Qatar, along with Turkey, supports the western government of Libya, while countries including the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt support the eastern forces.
According to the UN, more than 20,000 foreign mercenaries and military personnel are still in Libya.