Congo is working to organize an inter-Libyan reconciliation conference in 2023 – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Congo is working on organizing an inter-Libyan reconciliation conference in 2023, Congolese Foreign Minister Jean-Claude Gakosso told Sputnik on Thursday.

SHARM EL-SHEIKH (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – November 10, 2022) Congo is working to hold an inter-Libyan reconciliation conference in 2023, Congolese Foreign Minister Jean-Claude Gakosso told Sputnik on Thursday.

“We are working on the organization of a major inter-Libyan reconciliation conference next year under the auspices of the five countries of the UN Security Council,” the minister said.

The diplomat added that after the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), he would travel to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to meet with all parties to the conflict in Libya.

Libya ceased to be a unified country in 2011 when US and EU-backed rebels assassinated the country’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

Last March, a transitional government was elected at a United Nations-backed gathering of Libyan delegates in Geneva in the hope that it would lead to the holding of general elections on December 24. However, the elections were delayed after the eligibility of a significant number of candidates was questioned.

In late August, fighting broke out in Tripoli between detachments loyal to the head of Libya’s national unity government, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, and a rival administration led by Fathi Bashagha, who was elected by parliament. Following the scuffle, the United Nations said it feared the deadlock in the electoral process posed a security threat to Libya.