Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria to hold meeting in Tunis to end battles in Tripoli

Libya’s neighboring countries, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria, will hold a meeting in Tunis to reach a political solution for the Libyan crisis.

In a Saturday phone call between Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui, it was agreed that the meeting will be held in the next few days. Earlier, Algeria requested such meeting.

The meeting aims to put an end to clashes in Tripoli, which broke out April 4, and to resume political negotiations among the western and eastern rival parties.

Libya has remained beset by turmoil since long-serving leader Muammar Qaddafi was ousted and killed in an uprising in 2011; however, the tensions have escalated since the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) made progress towards Tripoli.

Since then, the country has seen battles between the LNA and the Tripoli-based Government of the National Accord (GNA), which enjoys UN recognition.

Sharing borders with Libya, the North African states of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia have launched initiatives to end the Libyan crisis ongoing since the 2011 uprising, which has led 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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