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Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia stress importance of implementing UN plans in Libya

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 May 2018
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attending tripartite meeting with Algerian and Tunisian counterparts in Algiers discussing latest Libyan developments on May 21, 2018 (Photo: Courtesy of Egypt's Foreign Ministry)
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The foreign ministers of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia affirmed in a joint statement the importance of implementing UN plans in Libya and the preservation of the country’s sovereignty, while reiterating their rejection of any foreign interference in Libyan affairs.

The statement was issued following meetings held on Monday in Algiers between Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and Algerian Foreign Minister Abdel-Kader Messahel.

The gathering was part of the framework of regular meetings of the tripartite initiative held continuously between the three states to discuss the latest developments in Libya.

The statement highlighted 11 points on the key topics discussed during the meetings.

The ministers stressed the importance of putting into effect plans presented by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salama on 10 October 2017.

The statement also called on Libyan political parties to reach a consensus to end the country’s current transitional period and "pave the way for comprehensive national reconciliation."

The three ministers also stressed the importance of the international community’s role in implementing the provisions of the Libyan political agreement signed on 17 December 2015, which aims to end the Libyan crisis and build a unified army and security services to maintain security and combat terrorism.

The statement warned that delays in reaching a solution to the crisis might cause further escalation and violence.

The FMs renewed their warning about the deteriorating living conditions of the Libyan people caused by the country’s instability and political obstruction, and stressed the importance of providing public services to the Libyan citizen.

The ministers also stressed that a political solution to the Libyan crisis must be reached by a consensus of all parties.

The ministers agreed to continue security coordination between the three countries to assess threats posed by terrorist organisations to the security and stability of Libya.

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