15-22 August: HoR President Ageelah Saleh meets with King Abdullah in Jordan

Aug 23, 2017 | International actors

The new UN Special Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, visited all of Libya’s main power-broker cities on a one-week tour throughout the country, including Tripoli, Misrata, Zintan, as well as Benghazi. ( Government of National Accord (GNA) Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj has yet to visit the city in his capacity at present). He met with Serraj and High Council of State (HCS) leader Abdurrahman Swehli in Tripoli, and House of Representatives (HoR) president Ageelah Saleh in Tobruk.

In Misrata, the al-Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) military coalition declared their full commitment to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) and denounced others using the BM to spoil the political process. On 16 August, the Misrata Municipal Council made a statement criticising the Misratan delegation including BM figures and a member of the municipal council, Abu Bakr al-Harish, that travelled to Qatar on 12 August—without coordinating with the other council members. It is reported that the delegation sought and reportedly received official Qatari support outside of the LPA framework. The Libyan National Army (LNA) also issued a statement indirectly denouncing the Qatar trip and ordering all military staff to refrain from any visits without official directives.

On 19 August, president of the House of Representatives (HoR) Ageelah Saleh arrived in Jordan for a three-day visit and meetings with various Jordanian dignitaries, including King Abdullah. It is reported that on 20 August, King Abdullah told Saleh that the only way to bring peace to Libya is to have effective dialogue across the whole political spectrum. Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani al-Malaki said Amman supported peaceful and political solutions to all crises in the region and rejected military solutions to conflicts. Saleh has previously criticized Jordan for inviting Serraj as the Libyan representative to the Arab League when his position has not been approved by the HoR.

On 21 August, the foreign ministers of Russia and Egypt met and reportedly reaffirmed the need for stronger inclusiveness of all Libyan parties for a political reconciliation within the LPA framework.