Egypt does not attend second International meeting on Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Egypt and Libya boycotted on Wednesday the second session of the International Contact Group on Libya in Addis Ababa objecting to the presence of Qatar and Turkey.

Egypt withdrew from the meeting to “send a clear message” that there must be coordination about the participation of countries outside the African Union, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said.

The International Contact Group for Libya is an initiative launched by the African Union in December 2014. The four-session conference will conclude with resolutions on developments in the Libya crisis.

Qatar and Turkey were invited to the meeting by the African Union Commission and both countries sent representatives to the meeting.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also boycotted the meeting for the same reason as Egypt and Libya. Shukri said when a meeting this important is being held and countries outside the African Union are invited, there must be approval from member states and close coordination.

Shukri added that the session was unproductive given Libya’s absence; it was consequently suspended. He said that framework within which the meeting was held was changed, allowing for holding the talks once more, amid Egypt’s presence.

Egypt’s relations with Turkey and Qatar have been strained since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule in July 2013.

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