North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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The presidents of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia will hold a summit soon to try to find ways to reconcile neighbouring Libya’s rival political factions and stem the country’s chaos, diplomats said on Monday.

The summit was announced in Tunis after a new round of diplomatic efforts for Libya, where two rival administrations are jockeying for power and where the Islamic State group and other extremists have prospered amid the political vacuum.

Libya’s neighbours are highly concerned about spillover of extremist violence.

Diplomats meeting in Tunis released a statement declaring their “attachment to Libya’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” arguing against foreign intervention or any military solution to Libya’s crisis.

US warplanes have conducted airstrikes on suspected extremists in Libya, which hasn’t emerged from chaos since the killing of Muammar Gaddafi in a 2011 uprising and ensuing civil war.

The diplomats announced the Libya summit among Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, but said the date would be set after meetings with the Libyan parties.

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