Libya PM agrees to Sudan-sponsored talks with opposition

Libyas PM says "Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir has offered to host dialogue between the warring parties in Libya"

Libya PM agrees to Sudan-sponsored talks with opposition

World Bulletin / News Desk

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said Monday that he provisionally agrees to enter into a Sudan-sponsored dialogue with opposing powers.

"Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir has offered to host dialogue between the warring parties in Libya," al-Thinni said in a press conference held in the country's eastern city of Al Bayda'.

Al-Thinni's government is backed by the recently-elected House of Representatives and its forces have been engaged in deadly fighting with Islamist militias for the past months in several areas of the country.

"The [Libyan] government has expressed its provisional approval according to certain grounds," al-Thinni said, without specifying what those grounds were.

On the domestic front, al-Thinni called on the "residents of the capital Tripoli to stay away from places where extremists gather as he preparing to deal with them by force."

"The Libyan Air Force has recently received new Sukhoi fighter jets, which will take part in attacks on militia sites," he added.

Libya has been dogged by political instability since the 2011 ouster and death of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Ever since, rival militias have locked horns, bringing violence to Libya's main cities, including capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi – while the Libyan government has appeared absent from the scene.

The sharp divisions have yielded two rival seats of government in the country, each of which has its own institutions.

Two assemblies currently vie for legislative authority: the House of Representatives, which convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk; and the General National Congress, which – even though its mandate ended in August – continues to convene in capital Tripoli.

The two parliaments support two different governments respectively headquartered in the two cities.

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