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Foreign ministers of Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia to meet in Cairo to discuss Libyan crisis

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Nov 2017
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will host a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday with his Algerian counterpart Abdelkader Messahel and Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui to discuss the current situation in Libya, state-run news agency MENA reported on Monday.

A press conference is set to follow the meeting.

Egypt plays a significant role in the negotiations to end the ongoing Libyan conflict within the framework of the 2015 Skhirat agreement, which so far has not succeeded in establishing an functional unity government.

The three ministers previously met in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly where they discussed how to support the political solution while upholding Libyan national consensus.

The trio also discussed the UN's role in resolving the crisis.

Following the 2011 uprising the country fell into civil war with two rival governments emerging, one in the western city of Tripoli and another in the eastern city of Tobruk.

The Tobruk government, which held the loyalty of General Khalifa Haftar, was recognized by much of the international community as legitimate.

Both governments have been battling Islamist militant factions, including fighters from the Islamic State group, which have thrived since the overthrow and killing of former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.

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