Dozens of Libyan lawmakers gathered in Morocco for consultative sessions on Tuesday, the first in years to bring members of parliament from rival cities, a parliament spokesman said.
The three-day meetings began on Monday in the city of Tangiers.
“These are only consultative meetings aimed at unifying the parliament,” Fathi al-Marimi, a media advisor to Parliament Speaker Akila Saleh, said.
Parliament has been divided into two groups: A group based in the capital Tripoli and the other group, led by Saleh, based in the eastern city of Tobruk.
Libya has been divided for years as the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, led by Fayez Serraj, and the eastern-based forces led by strongman Khalifa Haftar.
The meetings in Morocco also aim at setting the date and place for an official parliament session inside Libya, al-Marimi said.
It is expected to be held in Ghadames, an oasis town in western Libya near the borders with Tunisia and Algeria.
A Facebook page affiliated with the group in Tripoli posted a video on Tuesday showing dozens of lawmakers in a large hall as both the Moroccan and Libyan national anthems were played.
The UN Support Mission in Libya welcomed the move to hold the session in Tangiers as a positive step, hoping that the House of Representatives work together to implement a roadmap outlined at recent UN-brokered talks.
The rival delegates agreed to hold national elections on Dec. 24, 2021.
The UN is currently mediating three sets of talks between Libya’s warring parties: political, military and economic negotiations.
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