Libyan peace talks to continue today

The Maltese government expressed concern about the rise of extremism in the region and the importance of reaching political agreement between Libyan factions

The next round of talks in the search for a comprehensive political settlement in Libya are due to commence today in Skhirat in Morocco and Malta has reiterated its support for peaceful political dialogue.

"It is heartening and commendable to note that both the House of Representatives in Tobruk and the General National Congress in Tripoli have accepted to participate in this new session of the political dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)," the government said in a press statement.

It emphasized its concerns about the rise of extremism in the region, highlighting the importance and urgency of reaching a political agreement between warring Libyan factions.

"Libya has gone through much fighting, bloodshed and misery in these last four years. The moment of truth has now arrived and decisions need to be taken. Libyans are earnestly awaiting a return to normality that lays down an era of peace, progress and prosperity," the statement reads. 

"Malta remains engaged, supportive and fully committed to a comprehensive political settlement in Libya."

Malta, along with the international community, reiterated its support for the untiring efforts of Bernardino Leon, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General. 

"Malta sincerely hopes that the new round of talks in Morocco will achieve the desired results in the interests of Libya itself, its neighbouring countries, the Mediterranean and beyond."

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