UN Envoy to Libya Abdoulaye Bathily said Tuesday Libya has the potential to become a major player in Africa and the Mediterranean basin if Libyans agreed to heal the wounds of the past through comprehensive national reconciliation & a broad political agreement that would unite the country and put it on the path to recovery.
Bathily’s comments came during his visit to the city of Zawiya west of Tripoli and meeting with representatives of the local community from HoR, HCS, the municipal council, elders, members of the academia, civil society, women and youth as well as representatives of security actors.
Bathily said he listened with great interest to the aspirations of the people of Zawiya for a safe, stable and unified Libya, and for legitimate institutions emanating from comprehensive and credible elections.
The discussion, focussed on the future of Libya, was heated at times, but also characterized by respect, civility & tolerance. This type of dialogue is a role model for political leaders who must resolve their differences and reach a comprehensive political agreement, according to UN Envoy.