Libya urges joint Arab stance in face of "exceptional" global circumstances



Mon, 05 Sep 2022 - 02:13 GMT


Mon, 05 Sep 2022 - 02:13 GMT

A Libyan flag flutters atop the Libyan Consulate in Athens, Greece, December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A Libyan flag flutters atop the Libyan Consulate in Athens, Greece, December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

CAIRO - 5 September 2022: During the inauguration of the 158th session of the AL Council Sunday, Libya’s permanent envoy to the Arab League Abdel Muteleb Edris has pressed for further action to reach a joint Arab stance toward what he calls “exceptional and difficult” global circumstances.

A joint Arab stance is needed to guarantee all rights and legal positions of all member states are maintained, he added. also said that his country is keen on working under the umbrella of the pan-Arab body to solve all issues, atop of which the Palestinian Cause.

Edris reiterated commitment to legitimacy resolutions regarding the Palestinian problem and insisted on the Palestinian people’s right to determine their fate and establish their independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Libya, which is the president of this session, is seeking a bigger AL role to help it reach a comprehensive and realistic settlement to its crisis, Edris said. Hopefully, this session would be a good chance to achieve that, he added.
Speaking during the session was also Aly al Halaby, Lebanon’s permanent representative at the AL. He stressed the need for all members to support his country, which is hosting the majority of Syrian refugees – who make up one-sixth of the population in Lebanon.

Lebanon has been, despite its limited potentials, acting to secure the needs of those refugees since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Halaby said.

“We have been calling on sisterly and friendly countries to support Lebanon … until the Syrian refugees are back to their country,” Halaby told the session.

The Lebanese envoy also praised efforts exerted by the AL during the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and its attempt to act as an impartial mediator between both sides. Lebanon was the president of the previous session of the AL Council.

Libya has been in chaos since the Nato-backed uprising in 2011 that ousted long-serving ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Despite this, the country had enjoyed a relatively calm period over the past two years.

On Saturday, armed forces of the internationally recognised government tried to push back a convoy of militia loyal to Fathi Bashagha - the man who is recognised as prime minister by a rival, eastern parliament and is vying for control of the country.




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