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Libya's neighbours rebuff foreign interference in its internal affairs: Egypt’s foreign minsiter

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the situation requires immediate coordination among all Libya's neighbours to help the brotherly country overcome this crisis

MENA , Thursday 23 Jan 2020
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attends a meeting with foreign Ministers and officials from countries neighbouring Libya to discuss the conflict in Libya, in Algiers, Algeria January 23, 2020. (Reuters)
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry lauded on Thursday the outcome of a meeting on Libya, saying all participants rebuffed foreign attempts to meddle with Libya's internal affairs.

The meeting today was very positive and comes at an important time in light of the continued armed conflict in Libya and the arrival of many militants in the country, Shoukry told MENA.

The situation requires immediate coordination among all Libya's neighbours to help the brotherly country overcome this crisis, he said.

All participants rejected foreign interference in Libya's affairs and attempts to bring terrorists or mercenaries to spark military confrontations in the North African country.

He said Libya's neighbours should work hard with their Libyan brothers to reach a settlement to the Libyan crisis.

He underlined the importance of addressing many issues in Libya, including re-forming the presidential council, re-distributing the country's wealth in a just way, dismantling armed militias and making the national army the only party authorised to protect the country.

Shoukry also underlined the importance of fostering cooperation with international partners to settle the Libyan crisis, saying German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas took part in the meeting and expounded efforts to reach a peaceful settlement.

About the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, he said technical teams are now meeting in Khartoum to add final touches to a draft deal on rules to fill and operate the dam, expecting it to be finalised today or tomorrow at most.

Then, Shoukry said, we will go to the US to reach a final agreement.

The $4.6 billion dam on the Blue Nile, which promises to provide much-needed electricity to Ethiopia´s 100 million people, has been a contentious point among the three main Nile Basin countries.

Egypt fears that filling the dam’s reservoir too quickly could significantly reduce its share of the Nile water. 

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