Libya PM ready for talks with rivals

2014-10-29 20:49
Fighters from the Islamist Misarata brigade fire towards Tripoli airport in an attempt to wrest control from a powerful rival militia in Libya. (AP)

Fighters from the Islamist Misarata brigade fire towards Tripoli airport in an attempt to wrest control from a powerful rival militia in Libya. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Khartoum - Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani said on Wednesday he was ready to talk to rivals in the conflict-hit country if "all sides" made concessions.

Thani's government moved to the eastern city of Tobruk in August for security reasons after mostly Islamist militias seized the capital Tripoli and a rival administration was subsequently set up there.

"We open the doors of dialogue with our brothers on the condition that there be concessions from all sides," he told reporters at Khartoum airport before he left at the end of a three-day visit.

He did not spell out what concessions needed to be made.

Thani and his delegation had been holding talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and senior officials.

His government accused Khartoum of supporting "terror" groups in Libya last month after a planeload of weapons touched down in the southern town of Kufra, allegedly bound for militias in Tripoli.

Sudan denied the allegations.

Thani smoothed over the spat on Wednesday, telling reporters "Khartoum will host a meeting of the neighbouring countries of Libya which will be the basis of the dialogue plan."

On Tuesday, Sudan's foreign minister said Thani had accepted his government's proposal to bring together different groups in Libya for talks to end the fighting.

Since the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's central authorities have struggled to impose their authority across the vast, mostly desert nation.

Rebel groups who fought Gaddafi have largely refused to give up their weapons, and the government has failed to establish a stable regular army or professional police force.

Read more on:    abdullah al-thani  |  libya  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.