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Libya's neighbouring countries affirm refusal of military action

At a ministerial meeting for the neighbouring countries of Libya, the participating members confirmed the importance of border protection

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Mar 2016
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Libya's neighbouring countries affirmed their refusal to engage in any military action in Libya, a closing statement by the foreign ministers at the 8th Ministerial Meeting for the Neighbouring Countries of Libya said.

The meeting, which included Libya, host country Tunisia, Egypt, Chad, Niger and Sudan, stressed that any military intervention aiming to combat terrorism in Libya should take place following a request from Libya's national unity government and in accordance with UN provisions.

The participants expressed their deepest "concerns over the expansion of terrorist groups in some Libyan regions because it represents a real threat to the Libyan people, on the future of the political path and on the security and stability of neighboring countries and the region."

The foreign ministers also emphasised the importance of cooperating with each other on border protection.

They called on the Libyan parliament and state council to keep its responsibility of continuing the political process under the UN sponsorship.

The foreign ministers also asked for the fast transfer of the presidential council of Libya's national unity government to move from Tunisia to Tripoli so that it can operate from the country's capital. 

"Maintaining the coherence of Libyan institutions, including the Libyan army, is a necessity that we have asserted since we begun the process of joint work. I call on the renewal of this commitment and to spare the armed forces and the national security apparatus the threats from any action that aims to divide and weaken them," Egypt's FM Sameh Shoukry said in a speech.

Shoukry said that Egypt is continuing to urge the international community to provide all aspects of support to Libyan security institutions, including training and rehabilitation, as well as lifting a ban on importing arms to the Libyan army so that it can fight terrorism.

 

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