By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 27 February 2016:
Mohamed Sawan, the head of the Justice and Construction Party (J&C), has told the newly . . .[restrict]appointed US ambassador to Libya Peter Bodde that his party fully supports the Libyan Political Agreement and the proposed national unity government.
In a meeting yesterday in Tunis, he said he believed approval from the House of Representatives (HoR) would come. That, according to the J&C’s media office, was because the parliament had little option: it would have to approve the deal because it was itself part of the Libyan Political Agreement. It could continue to exist outside it.
The media office said that Sawan also stressed that the 100 or so members who had signed the statement endorsing the unity government reflected the views of a wider majority in the HoR. It added that Sawan also asked the US to use its influence to stop what was described as unacceptable interference by some regional states in Libyan affairs.
The office did not say whether he was refering to Egypt and the UAE, or to Qatar and Turkey, until now major supporters of the party.
It also reported that, for his part, Ambassador Bodde expressed US concern about the growth of the so-called Islamic State in Libya, and urged all Libyans to unite and defeat them.
The meeting was also attended by Nizar Kawan, who has headed the the party in the General National Congress.
The J&C is widely perceived as the political wing of the Muslim Britherhood. [/restrict]