By Houda Mzioudet.
Tripoli, 19 May 2014:
Following the EU, the UK, and the US, the Arab League has also now . . .[restrict]decided to appoint a special envoy to Libya.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohamed Abdelaziz, the Arab League has asked former Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Al-Kudwa, to take on the role.
Unlike the Europeans and Americans, however, where the role is to ensure that there are well thought out policies being actively pursued to help Libya through its present problems, Khudwa’s job is to promote national dialogue and reconciliation between all elements of Libyan society.
He will head an Arab League Delegation to Libya, either before or after the formation of the new government. His task includes not only drawing the General National Congress, political parties, the government, civil society organisations, elders and tribal leaders into dialogue, but also the UN and neighbouring countries.
The announcement was made on Saturday in Cairo by Abdelaziz, following talks between him and the Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, on the support it could provide Libya at present to surmount its political crises.
Abdulaziz disclosed that he was in Cairo at the head of a delegation which included representatives from the ministries of Defence and the Interior as well as national security agencies to discuss means bolstering cooperation on border security with Egypt.
“Egypt and Libya represent strategic depth for each other and they have a shared responsibility towards each other,” he was quited by agencies as sayting. He added that another Libya delegation would shortly be in the Egyptian capital to start implementing decisions on security cooperation. [/restrict]