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Arab League receives request from Egypt for emergency meeting on Libya

The virtual meeting is likely to go ahead next week

Ahram Online , Friday 19 Jun 2020
File Photo: Arab league building in cairo (Photo: AFP)
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The Arab League said it had received a request from Egypt for an emergency meeting at the ministerial level to discuss developments on Libya.

Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Hossam Zaki said on Friday that there was ongoing coordination with Oman, which is presiding over the current session, to determine a date for the virtual meeting, although it is expected to be held next week.

Cairo’s request garnered support from several states, Zaki said.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi this month announced a peace initiative to end the civil war in Libya, proposing a ceasefire and an elected leadership council.

El-Sisi announced the initiative following a tripartite meeting with the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar and the speaker of the Libyan parliament Aguila Saleh.

The initiative, dubbed the Cairo Declaration, mandates a Libyan-Libyan resolution as a basis for resolving the country’s conflict, following resolutions by the UN and past efforts in Paris, Rome, Abu Dhabi, and most recently in Berlin.

The Cairo plan comes after the collapse of an offensive launched by Haftar in April to capture the Libyan capital, further extending the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) control of most of northwest Libya.

Egypt, the UAE and Russia are backing Haftar, while Turkey supports the GNA.

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