Libya's PM 'aspiring' for peace deal with rivals
The internationally recognised Prime Minister of Libya says he is "aspiring" to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the rival Islamist-led Tripoli government in Morocco on Thursday.
Prime Minister Abdallah al-Thinni made the comments during a brief visit to Malta on Wednesday. He said there were people who supported and opposed the agreement, and that "any decision taken will always have enemies."
But he said: "The wise and kind people of Libya" want to reach a solution.
"There will be a lot of discussions tomorrow and there are people in favor and against. We aspire to realize this agreement"
Since last year, Libya has been split between an elected parliament, which was forced to convene in the country's far east, and Islamist-led government backed by militias that seized Tripoli last August.
The two governments have been negotiating for nine months over a power-sharing deal mediated by UN special representative Bernardino Leon.
Thinni said once a unity government is formed, it would be based in Tripoli, though he declined to say who would lead it.
"This person must have a very popular support. I am confident that there will be a big backing and it will be the right person," he said.