Qatar’s Foreign Minister says the Gulf will support efforts to end instability and “external disruption” in Libya.
Qatar has also claimed support for Libya’s foreign-backed political strategy, which aims to end 10 years of unrest and “foreign intervention” in North Africa.
“We will support the UN-backed political process and hope that it will maintain Libya’s integrity and prevent national interference in its affairs,” Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said during a visit to Libya’s capital on Sunday.
“Our exchanges have been very successful, especially in support of the Libyan revolution … Qatar’s views are strong,” he told reporters, standing next to his Libyan counterpart Najla al-Mangoush.
Since the new Libyan government came to power, several countries have reopened their embassies, and al-Mangoush said he hopes Doha will do the same soon.
“I think I’ve had good news,” added Al-Mangoush, without elaborating.
The abduction and assassination of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed coup in 2011 plunged Libya into a fierce struggle.
But in October, opposition groups signed the document, launching a United Nations-led process.
Libya small house government began in March, instead of two opposing regimes – one UN-based government based in Tripoli and the other in the east allied with Prime Minister Khalifa Haftar – to lead the country in elections in December.
“Qatar has played a key role in supporting the Libyan people’s aspirations for democracy,” Al Jazeera’s Mal J Traera said in a statement from Tripoli.
Traina said Qatari’s envoys and their Libyan envoys had discussed ways to establish Libya to be included in the elections by the end of the year.
Qatar, along with Turkey, supported the government in western Libya, while countries including the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt supported the eastern groups.
According to the UN, more than 20,000 foreign troops and foreign troops are still in Libya.