Islamist groups rejected the House of Representatives (HoR) that was elected and instead, continued to support the old GNC, forcing the HoR members to relocate to the East and declare their loyalty to Haftar.
As a way out of the political crisis in the country, the early 2015 UN-sponsored peace talks saw the creation of a Government of National Accord (GNA) under Prime Minister Fayez Serraj. However, the Benghazi-based Haftar’s LNA has continued to fight for control of the North African nation, leading to the current crisis.
With Turkey supporting GNA and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates supporting Haftar’s LNA, peace and security experts observe that the crisis is not just a Libyan affair.
“Brothers and sisters, the time has come to stop every form of hostility, promoting the dialogue that leads to peace, to stability and to the unity of the country,” Pope Francis said October 18 and added, “Let us pray together for the fisherman and for Libya, in silence.”
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In the context of the annual event of World Mission Sunday marked October 18, the Holy Father thanked God for the “long -awaited liberation” of Italian missionary in Niger, Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli after over two years in captivity saying, “we greet him with applause…We also rejoice because three other hostages were released with him.”
“We continue to pray for the missionaries and catechists and for those who are persecuted or kidnapped in various parts of the world,” the Holy Father added.