Bashagha says Sirte is the closest choice for his government headquarters

In a speech during the Libyan government meeting on Wednesday in the city of Sirte on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Libyan Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, stressed that his government does not want “a single drop of blood to be shed” despite its ability to use force, announcing the launch of a national dialogue.

Bashagha said the possibility of his government is to exercise its tasks from any city in the event that it was unable to exercise its tasks from Tripoli, noting that Sirte is the closest choice. He stressed the existence of communication with all cities and tribes and the city of Tripoli, which is the seat of the government.

He also indicated that his government wanted to exercise its tasks in the capital, Tripoli, by peaceful means, but the unity government did not hand over power, closed the airspace, issued arrest warrants against some people and used Libyan money for bribery.

Bashagha added that his government has given an opportunity for peace, and that the international community will not help it, saying this requires that the government relies only on itself.

He believed that the dispute in Libya was caused by the intervention of some countries to settle their accounts, and to make the country a negotiating card to obtain special interests, while the Libyan dispute does not exceed 20%, saying Libyans are able to overcome the dispute.

Bashagha reviewed the experience of 2011, describing it as incomplete and unsuccessful because Libyans did not agree on the system of government, which led them to a new stage of conflict, stressing that his government would not be satisfied with military rule or family rule.

He added that all the conspiracies that led to the failure of the elections are the responsibility of the unity government only, and that the silence of the United Nations on what happened in Geneva and the practices of the unity government was a disaster for the country.

Bashagha concluded by thanking the State of Tunisia, describing it as vital for Libya, adding that Libyan stability is linked to Tunisian stability, and he also thanked Egypt and Turkey.

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