The Address | Benghazi – Libya
AMMAN – Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman al-Safadi, received Wednesday at the Ministry’s headquarters Amman, Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), Aqila Saleh, who is conducting a two-day working visit to Jordan to discuss the repercussions of the Libyan crisis on the world and the region and ways to end it.
Saleh discussed during the meeting with al-Safadi his vision for ending the crisis according to the Cairo Declaration and the outputs of the Berlin Conference, Media Advisor to HoR Speaker, Hamid al-Safi, told the Libyan News Agency.
Saleh explained to Jordanian officials his initiative, which aims to form a new presidential council consisting of a president and two deputies representing the three Libyan regions and a separate government working to prepare for permanent parliamentary and presidential elections, al-Safi explained.
For his part, the Jordanian Minister welcomed Saleh’s initiative, stressing that his country always stands by the side of peaceful solutions to any crisis.
Al-Safi quoted Safadi as saying that Jordan believes that the solution in Libya must be political, affirming his country’s full support to HoR as the only legitimate elected authority in Libya.
Safadi stressed that he stands against the division of Libya and the tampering with its unity, calling for a permanent cease-fire until a Libyan-Libyan political solution is reached under UN supervision.
The Jordanian minister expressed his aspiration for the security and stability of Libya and its neighboring countries, stressing that the security of Libya is one of Egypt’s security, and that any threat to the latter is a threat to the security of all Arabs.
He stressed that the premise on which Jordan depends and encourages is a permanent ceasefire and engagement in political dialogue that ends the crisis.
He said, “We, as an Arab group, must support Libya in order to obtain its security and stability in a way that preserves the interests of everyone,” stressing that his country is in continuous contact with the Arab brothers to unify efforts aimed at ending the crisis.
He added, “Jordan always unites and does not divide, and what leads to the unity and stability of Libya is what we are seeking despite the great challenges, but we will not tolerate that.”
The Jordanian Foreign Minister confirmed that he would seek to open a consulate for his country in Benghazi at the invitation of HoR Speaker.
Earlier today, Aqila Saleh discussed with his Jordanian counterpart Atef Tarawneh his initiative to end the Libyan crisis.