Libya PM : Govt to launch 'inclusive' dialogue

"No one in Libya is satisfied with what is happening," Maiteeq told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview

Libya PM : Govt to launch 'inclusive' dialogue

World Bulletin/News Desk

New Libyan Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq has asserted that his government would launch an "inclusive" national dialogue that he hopes will end months of political turmoil in the North African country.

"No one in Libya is satisfied with what is happening," Maiteeq told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview, going on to say that his government planned to sponsor a national dialogue aimed at bringing all the country's political factions to the table.

"The solution to the Libyan crisis is dialogue with representation from all sides, and that's we're working on," he added.

Maiteeq's government won the confidence of parliament earlier this week, only days after forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar attacked parliament headquarters in Tripoli and abducted several lawmakers.

Haftar's forces have declared war on militia groups that now serve as part of Libya's regular army in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Haftar says his campaign, dubbed "Operation Dignity," is aimed at "purging" Libya of "extremists."

The government, however, has called the general's move a "coup" against constitutional legitimacy.

A Haftar spokesman said Monday said that the renegade commander and other allied leaders would not recognize the new government.

Nevertheless, Maiteeq still believes there's a chance for dialogue.

"What we need today is transparency and frankness… Differences exist everywhere in the world," he told AA. "The Libyan people are now more mature and ready for reconciliation."

Maiteeq also criticized some media outlets for what he described as "exaggerating" the precariousness of the country's security situation.

"The situation on the ground is much better than what is being portrayed by media," he said.

He went on to assert that his government would exert "the utmost efforts" to combat terrorism through the use of its police and military apparatuses.

Libya has been suffering from mounting violence and lawlessness since a 2011 uprising that ended the rule of autocratic leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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