By Houda Mzioudet | Dec 10 2011Abduljalil , Al Keeb , Al-Sadek Al-Ghariani , factions of Libyan society , Libyan Revolution ,
Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the moderate Tunisian Islamist party – Ennahda, began a four day visit to Libya, starting yesterday,Â December 9th. The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC)Â extended an invitation to Ghannouchi to take part in the First National Congress for Libyan Reconciliation and Reconstruction held in Tripoli.
Zoubeir Chahoudi, spokesman of Ennahda Party,Â statedÂ that Ghannouchi is expected to meet with NTC president Mustafa Abdeljali and Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim Al KeebÂ later today. The congress will be attended by factions from various regions within Libya, members of the NTC,Â and officials within the Libyan government. Additionally, a number ofÂ prominent guests have been invited to the conference, such asÂ the head of the International Union of Muslim ScholarsÂ (and president of the European Council for Fatwa and Research), Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi andÂ the Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar, Khaled Al Attiya.
This visit comes at a delicate time in the history of modern Libya. Libyan authorities have thus far failed to convince armed rebels to return to their hometowns andÂ handÂ over weapons to the NTC. Disorder within the countryÂ remains pervasiveÂ following the fall of the former regime,Â under theÂ leadership of ColonelÂ Muammar Gaddafi, in October 2011.
Ghannouchi gave a 50-minute speech during the congress urging Libyans to relinquish old feuds and to work towards reconciliation between various factionsÂ within Libyan society. The visit was an occasion for Ghannouchi to help improve relations between Tunisians and Libyans following recent tensions along the Tunisian-Libyan border.Â During his speech, Ghannouchi recalledÂ the strength of theÂ cooperation between Tunisians and Libyans during the Libyan Revolution, when Tunisia hosted overÂ one million LibyanÂ refugees.Â Ghannouchi alsoÂ highlighted the necessity of strengthening relations between Libya, Algeria and Tunisia.
Sheikh Al-Sadek Al-Ghariani,Â an eminentÂ Muslim cleric (mufti of Libya), stated during the eventÂ that Libyan authorities should work towards strengthening national reconciliation between Libyans and learn fromÂ examples previously setÂ in democratic transition and post-war reconciliation. He also stressed the necessity of bringingÂ criminals to justice during this transitional period.