Tunisia, Egypt call for halting clashes in Tripoli

Efforts should be stepped up to halt the tensions in Tripoli, resume political negotiations and hold the elections, the Egyptian and Tunisian foreign ministers said in a Saturday joint phone call.

Sameh Shoukry of Egypt and Tunisian Khamis al-Jahnawi agreed to hold a meeting in the upcoming period, bringing together the Tunisian, Algerian, and Egyptian foreign ministers in Tunis, according to a Tunisian Foreign Ministry statement.

The planned meeting is a part of Tunisian President Béji Caid Essebsi’s initiative to reach a comprehensive political settlement in Libya on top of the efforts of the three countries to end the clashes in their neighbor.

Sharing borders with Libya, Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia have launched initiatives to end the Libyan crisis ongoing since the 2011 uprising and leading to the dissemination of armed groups and militias across the country and beyond.

The initiatives rely on bringing the main two power rivals, Khalifa Haftar in the east and Faiez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, together on a negotiation table.


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