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Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria FMs to issue tripartite declaration on Libyan crisis

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Feb 2017
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Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria during tripartite meetings on the Libyan crisis held in Tunisia (Photo: Foreign Ministry Facebook Page)
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Tunisian President Baji Caid Essebsi is set to hold a meeting on Monday with the foreign ministers of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria, expected to be followed by a tripartite declaration on the Libyan crisis.
 
The ministers will also discuss preparations for a summit of the leaders of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria, planned to be held in Algiers. A date for the summit has yet to be set.
 
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in Tunisia on Saturday to meet with his Tunisian and Algerian counterparts.
 
Last week, Cairo hosted a meeting attended by representatives from the two main political factions fighting for control of Libya. After the meeting, Egypt said it had identified common ground between the parties, which could form the basis of a political solution to the country's crisis.
 
The talks were attended by the chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayaz Al-Sarraj, who operates in the capital Tripoli in the west of the country and is recognised by the UN as the country's president; and Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar and Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh, who represent the House of Representatives in eastern Libya's Tobruk.
 
In December, Egyptian officials and representatives from multiple Libyan factions issued a declaration of principles and five proposed amendments to the Skhirat Agreement -- brokered by the UN in 2015 to establish a unity government -- during a meeting in Cairo.
 
The December conference concluded by underscoring four main principles to be respected in Libya's transition: the preservation of a united Libyan territory, support for national institutions, non-interference by foreign bodies, and the maintenance of a civil state.
 
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