Egypt's foreign minister Shoukry heads to London for Libya meeting

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Sep 2017

The ministerial meeting is a British-government initiative and brings together foreign ministers from the UK, US, Egypt, UAE, France and Italy

Sameh Shoukry
A file photo of Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry heads to London on Wednesday to participate in a ministerial meeting on the Libyan crisis, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced Tuesday morning.

According to a ministry statement, the foreign ministers of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy and the United Arab Emirates will attend the meeting, along with UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame.

The meeting is aimed at reviewing the latest developments in Libya based on reports from Salame, as well as the outcome of his talks with rival Libyan factions.

Ministers will also be discussing efforts on the part of various regional and international parties to unite the country, which has been fractured since the outbreak of civil war in the wake of the Arab Spring.

The Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said the meeting is a Bitish-government initative aimed at achieving national reconciliation in Libya.

After several years of civil war, starting in 2011, the nation remains divided between two competing goverments in the east and west.

Most Western governments recognize the government based in Tripoli, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj.

Meanwhile, an opposing government is based in the eastern city of Benghazi, with military commander Khalifa Haftar seen as the key figure.

Both governments have been battling Islamist militant factions, including fighters from the Islamic State group, which have thrived since the ousting and murder of former Libyan president Moamer Ghaddafi.

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