On 20 June in Brazzaville, a meeting took place between President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Chairperson of the African Union's High-Level Committee on Libya, Sheikh Farhat Jaabiri, spiritual leader of the Ibadites, and the President of the Brazzaville Foundation Jean-Yves Ollivier.
For the latter, the sheikh, "who rarely travels", came to Brazzaville to assure the Congolese president of the support of the Ibadite community for the African Union's action on Libya.
"As the Ibadite community, we are trying to work for an African solution to the Libyan crisis. This is our point of convergence with President Denis Sassou N'Guesso" explained Sheikh Jaabiri who came to the Congolese capital at the invitation of Jean-Yves Ollivier. He should introduce Libyan leaders close to his community to the Congolese president during the summit of the International Organisation of the Francophonie which will take place in Djerba in November 2021.
The complexity of the Libyan conflict calls for the exploration of new paths in the search for peace. The Ibadites, who are distinguished by a rigorous practice of Islam, are traditionally very open to inter-religious dialogue.
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