The Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Claude Gakosso, briefed the Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, on the results of the preparatory meeting for the national reconciliation conference held recently in Benghazi.

Menfi met in Tripoli with the Congolese Foreign Minister and the African Union Advisor for National Reconciliation, Mohammed Hassan Al-Labbad.

Menfi's media office said that the Congolese Foreign Minister praised Menfi's efforts to lay the foundations for reconciliation and stability in Libya. It added that Menfi stressed that reconciliation is a comprehensive national path and the correct track that ends the misery left by conflicts. 

"It is considered one of the most important components of any political settlement with the aim of forgetting the past, overcoming the causes of disagreement and division, and achieving justice away from revenge." The Presidential Council's media office said.

Russia's Sputnik agency had previously confirmed, citing an unnamed source, that the Deputy Head of the Presidential Council, Abdullah Al-Lafi, refused to participate in the meeting of the preparatory committee for the comprehensive conference for national reconciliation in Benghazi, even though he is the representative of the Presidential Council in the committee.

According to what the source told the agency, Al-Lafi’s refusal came after the African Union Commission’s invitation to the meeting, to which he responded in a letter dated November 7, stating that the Presidential Council was authorized to determine the date and place of the meeting, and to extend invitations to the participants.

According to an informed source speaking to Sputnik, the majority of the members of the preparatory committee support the African Union’s responsibility for the reconciliation file, while the role of the Presidential Council remaining within the framework of supervision and financing.