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Arab League council holds emergency meeting to discuss Libya developments

The meeting comes at the request of Egypt with the aim of taking a unified stance against illegitimate interference in Libya

MENA , Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 Dec 2019
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Arab League's permanent representatives meet at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on December 31, 2019
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The Arab League (AL) Council will hold an extraordinary meeting in Cairo on Tuesday at the level of permanent delegates to discuss the latest developments in Libya.

The meeting, set to be presided over by Iraq, comes at the request of Egypt with the aim of taking a unified stance against illegitimate interference in Libya and exploring means of settling the Libyan crisis, Assistant AL Secretary General Hossam Zaki said.

The Arab delegates will also discuss how to safeguard Libya's resources, as well as its sovereignty and unity, Zaki added.

The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), led by General Khalifa Haftar, has been fighting fierce battles in recent weeks to take the Capital Tripoli in the west of the country from the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA).

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his government would deploy troops to Libya after Fayez Al-Serraj's GNA requested support, raising fears of further destabilisation in the war-torn country and the region.

Last month, Ankara signed two separate accords with the GNA, one on security and military cooperation and another on maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean, a move rejected as a violation of international law by various countries including Egypt, France, Cyprus and Greece.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has said that "Cairo's stance on the Libyan crisis is clear as it is focused on restoring safety and stability in Libya, supporting anti-terrorism efforts, undermining the activities of armed groups and putting an end to the illegal foreign interference in Libya's domestic affairs."

On Saturday, Aguila Saleh, the speaker of Libya’s parliament, said during a visit to Cyprus that Turkey's willingness to dispatch troops to Libya is "unacceptable and destabilizing" and that such a move would constitute unwanted meddling in Libyan affairs. 

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