BuzzSouthAfrica has learned that Libyan President Fayez al-Sarraj on Wednesday sent an urgent appeal for help to President Jacob Zuma at an urgent African Union meeting.
As gathered, the emergency meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council was attended by African leaders; who were present at the United Nations General Assembly.
The crucial meeting was held to deliberate on the possible way to rebuild and resuscitate AU high-level ad hoc committee on Libya – tasked with the responsibility of restoring peace in the war-torn Northern Africa state.
Speaking to President Zuma in a bilateral meeting, President Fayez al-Sarraj implored Zuma to help Libya find its feet again by sharing South Africa’s nation-building secrets with the country.
SA To Help Libyan President Fayez al-Sarraj
In response, South Africa’s permanent representative to the United Nations; ambassador Jerry Matjila, told reporters that South Africa will definitely help the war-torn country; although it appeared Zuma was reluctant to okay the request outright due to so many other commitments.
Throwing more light on the issue, Matjila disclosed that South Africa has been a major player in the reconciliation and nation building of countries like Northern Ireland, Lesotho and currently, Mozambique.
The UN ambassador thereafter expressed hope that South Africa is up to the task, as the country “can tap [into] our pool of expertise.”
“Both in our history and involvement we showed that we can reconcile, build a nation and expand services,” Matjila added.
Libya is currently plagued by political crisis, conflict, and instability. The vigorous conflict and heavy have rendered citizens homeless, while others live in constant fears.
The conflict began with the Arab Spring protests of 2011, which led to foreign military intervention; First Libyan Civil War, and the death of its ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
In 2014, the war made a comeback, prompting violence and instability across the country. Significantly, Libya’s economically crucial oil industry collapsed to a small fraction of its usual level during both civil wars; resulting in deeper crisis.