BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Qatar stressed the need to respect the sovereignty of Libya and its refusal to interfere in its affairs, calling on all parties to implement the Skhirat Agreement for a settlement in Libya and the success of the political process.

The Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi said during the ministerial meeting of the Arab League on Libya that Qatar “affirms the need to respect the sovereignty of states, not to interfere in its internal affairs and not to advocate one party against another for personal goals and interests.”

He also stressed the need for “serious teamwork to make the political process in Libya successful, leading to a comprehensive settlement to enable Libya to achieve the desired stability and ensure its sovereignty and territorial integrity and the security and safety of its citizens.”

He commended the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord for its efforts to “uncover the perpetrators of the torture incident for a number of Egyptian citizens in Tarhouna, and its efforts to secure their safe return to their homeland and take legal measures to punish the perpetrators of this crime.”

He said that “the unity, stability and sovereignty of brotherly Libya, the integrity of its lands and independence, the bloodshed of its people and the preservation of its capabilities and wealth are a goal we all aspire to, and we strive to achieve it.”

The minister called on “all parties to assume their legal and moral responsibility and to respect and implement international laws and agreements, to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian facilities, and the need to hold all those responsible for crimes and human rights violations accountable.”

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