Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt to assess situation in Libya

Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, says the foreign ministers of Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt will hold a tripartite meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Algeria to discuss the situation in Libya.

“This meeting is also part of continuous consultations between Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt over the crisis hitting Libya since 2011, as foreign ministers of these three nations are due to assess the political and security developments there,” Abdelaziz said in a statement.

“The meeting aims to reinforce the political process in Libya……on the path towards sustainable peace and national reconciliation,” the spokesperson said.

In May, Algeria hosted the 11th ministerial meeting of Libya’s neighboring nations and the participants reiterated their support for a political settlement of the crisis.

The meeting gathered representatives of the six neighboring nations of Libya; Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Egypt, and representatives of the United Nations (UN), the African Union, the Arab League and the European Union.

The participants adopted a 26-point statement, encouraging Libyan protagonists to join the dialogue and peace process and reiterating their commitment to support Libyans to head towards national reconciliation in a bid to pave the way for building strong political, military and security institutions so as to safeguard the unity and integrity of Libya.

Libya has remained in chaos since the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi. It is struggling to restore peace, after six years of civil war.

Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, terrorist groups have been gaining ground, profiting from the lack of a unified army and security services in the country.

The Libyan parties signed a UN-sponsored political agreement in December 2015 to end the political division by establishing a unity government between Libyan rival factions.

Backed by the United Nations, the government of national accord in Tripoli, headed by Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, started its work in March 2016. But the Tobruk parliament did not support it.

Libya now has two rival parliaments, namely the internationally recognized one, based in the eastern port city of Tobruk, and the General National Congress based in the capital city Tripoli.

 

Zainab Sa’id