It was a test of legitimacy for the Libyan government based in Tripoli: the organization of the consultative meeting of the Arab League on Sunday. However, the initiative was boycotted by several countries. Only 5 of the 22 members have sent their Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Libyan capital.
If Tunisia, Algeria, and Sudan were there, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, among others, played the boycott card.
Even the secretary general of the pan-Arab organization, the Egyptian Ahmed Aboul Gheit, was absent subscribers. Those who adopted the empty chair policy would question the legitimacy of the Tripoli-based executive.
On Sunday, the head of the Libyan diplomacy accused Egypt of having “pressured” other member states of the League to boycott the meeting.
The Prime Minister of the rival government, Fathi Bachagha, for his part, thanked in a tweet the absent countries, “in the first place Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates”, and called on the others to review their position.
The head of Tunisian diplomacy present at the meeting highlighted the need to help Libya overcome its divisions.