The prime minister of the parallel government, Fathi Bashagha, stressed on Monday the need to address the dispute between the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) and urged the UN Envoy Abdoulaye Bathily to make more efforts to that end.

Bashagha addressed the matter at a meeting with Bathily in Benghazi, where they discussed the latter's initiative regarding holding national elections in 2023.

"It is necessary to make more international efforts to facilitate a rapprochement between the HoR and the HCS and expedite progress in the election laws," Bashagha was quoted by his office as saying.

He welcomed the efforts made by Bathily and the "supportive" international community to achieve the aspirations of three million Libyans to go to the polls before the end of 2023.

Expressing support for the 5 + 5 military committee's efforts to preserve the ceasefire agreement, Bashagha reiterated the need for a unified military institution and the removal of all foreign forces in a gradual and balanced manner, calling on Bathily to play his role in halting passive external interference in Libyan affairs.

For his part, the UN envoy said his initiative's objective is to resolve the Libyan crisis and lead the country towards elections, according to a legal and time-binding framework.

On Saturday, Bathily told reporters at a press conference in Tripoli that his goal is to expand the platform for dialogue to help Libyan-conflicting parties overcome the current recession.