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Libya’s neighbours must be part of settlement initiatives, say foreign ministers at Algiers meeting

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Jan 2020
Foreign ministers from Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria, Tunisia and Mali pose before a meeting of Libya's neighboring countries and beyond, Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 in Algiers AP
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The foreign ministers of countries neighbouring Libya, including Egypt’s foreign minister, agreed on Thursday that any international initiatives to support a political solution in the war-torn country must include neighbours, according to the official statement issued following the meeting in Algiers.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry flew to the Algerian capital on Wednesday to take part in the meeting, which was organised by Algeria and attended by the foreign ministers of Tunisia, Sudan, Chad, Mali and Niger.

The statement, which was shared on the Facebook page of the official spokesperson of the Egyptian foreign ministry, stresses the importance of the African Union in supporting a political solution in Libya.

"The ministers are very concerned concerning the dangerous developments happening in Libya and how they negatively impact the security and stability of the neighbouring countries," the statement also said, adding that the ministers had expressed their countries' full support for the Libyan people.

The ministers also called on the parties fighting in Libya to commit to keeping the ceasefire, hoping that that will lead to a peaceful settlement to the crisis without any military or foreign intervention, including by militias and mercenaries, the statement read.

"The political settlement will enable the organisation of transparent elections that will achieve the Libyan people's aspirations and keep Libya's independence, unity and sovereignty over all its territories," the statement read.

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