With the expiration of the deadline set by the head of the reconciliation government, Fayez al-Sarraj, for himself to step down from his post (end of October 2020), the head of the Supreme Council of State in Libya, Khaled al-Mashri, and his accompanying delegation arrived in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Saturday evening “to coordinate positions on issues of common concern between the two countries. According to what Libyan media sources said.
The Information Office of the State Council stated that “Al-Mashri’s visit comes in response to an invitation addressed to him by the head of the Qatari Shura Council, Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, who was received by him upon his arrival in Doha.”
Al-Mashri’s visit came a few days after the Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha and Foreign Affairs, Muhammed Taher Siyala, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, in an unannounced visit during which a security agreement was signed between Tripoli and Doha, condemned by the leadership of the National Army in the east of the country.
Concurrently, on Sunday evening, the Chairman of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord, Fayez Al-Sarraj, arrived in Libya, concluding a foreign visit to Turkey and Italy.
These moves are taking place in conjunction with the course of the political dialogue that is taking place between the Libyan parties on more than one axis, and days before the start of the dialogue sessions that Tunisia will host on November 9th, under the auspices of the United Nations.
Observers of the Libyan affair considered that the moves by the officials in the Government of National Accord on the Turkish-Qatari axis, the first supporter of this government, aim to float the Libyan political dialogue and limit its influence and effect in changing the equation on the ground.
Political analyst Muhammad Saleh al-Ubaidi told “Erm News” that “What is understood from Al-Mashri’s visit to Doha and the diplomatic moves of the reconciliation government before it, if placed in its general political context, is an attempt to stabilize the status quo in Libya and reduce the importance of the dialogue sessions sponsored by the United Nations. He considered that this “serves the interest of everyone: the reconciliation government, Turkey and Qatar.”
Al-Obeidi explained that “Turkey, which undertakes logistical and military support to the Government of National Accord, and Qatar, which assumes financial support, are facing a state of isolation in the Libyan file with the increasing interest of the international community and neighboring countries in this file and pushing towards a peaceful solution to it,” referring to the Arab Parliament’s demand Thursday evening to remove the mercenaries. From the Libyan lands and to reach a permanent and radical solution to the threat posed by the armed militias, “which undermines the Turkish and Qatari project in Libya, as he put it.
For his part, analyst Hisham Al-Hajji commented in a statement to “Erm News” that “the diplomatic moves of the Government of National Accord towards its first sponsor aim mainly to adhere to the Skhirat Agreement (2015) as a sole reference for a political solution, and from there is limiting the role of the international community and the neighboring countries and their efforts to install a solution. Peaceful politician in the country ”.
Al-Hajji pointed out that “the moves by the Al-Wefaq government in the directions supporting it reveal that there is a tendency to neutralize the political path that Ankara does not consider favorably, especially in the point related to the dismantling of militias and the expulsion of all mercenaries outside the country,” as he put it.
For his part, political analyst Muhammad al-Alani pointed out that “Ankara and Doha did not show harmony with the international positions calling for the establishment of a peaceful political solution in Libya according to the terms of reference for the dialogue tracks sponsored by the United Nations, which means that there is a restlessness in them from the disintegration of the initiative and changing the legitimacy and equations in a way that confuses Their plans in the country ”.
Al-Alani added that “whenever the Libyans made progress and political rapprochement through the dialogue sessions, Ankara and Doha lost new points in the implementation of their joint project in the region, which means that the diplomatic moves of the reconciliation government towards the strategic allies reflect serious concerns about the outcomes of the dialogue and the loss of papers that the Sarraj government used for years. To serve the Turkish-Qatari project in Libya “, as he put it.