Misuari flies to Saudi Arabia to iron out government talks


Posted at Dec 14 2016 11:45 PM

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari flew to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to iron out details of peace talks with the Philippine government.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal confirmed that Misuari was at Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and was to leave at about 3:40 p.m. for a flight to Jeddah.

In an interview, Misuari said he will be meeting the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to finalize the details of negotiations with the government.

Misuari said he wants to know who will mediate during the talks and when that person will go to the MNLF camp. 

The government agreed that the talks will take place at the group’s camp, similar to how it was done in former president Fidel V. Ramos' time, Misuari said.

According Misuari, he expects negotiations to be short and successful. 

In November, President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted separate talks with the MNLF, after Misuari labeled the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) “traitors.”

The MILF, an offshoot of the MNLF, was a signatory to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, and Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, which were inked in 2012 and 2014, respectively, during the Aquino administration. The MNLF was not a party to these pacts. –with reports from Dexter Ganibe, ABS-CBN News