Libya rivals agree to explore ways to end rift: Egypt

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Rival powers in Libya have agreed to form a committee to explore amending a UN-backed deal to end the country’s political turmoil, Egypt announced on Wednesday after hosting talks.

The head of Libya’s unity government Fayez al-Sarraj and rival army chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar had been in Cairo this week for talks mediated by the Egyptian army.

They agreed to set up “a joint committee” to formulate amendments to the deal that set up the unity government, the military said in a statement.

Libyan media reported that Sarraj and Haftar did not meet face to face during the talks in Cairo.

Sarraj’s UN-backed Government of National Accord has struggled to assert its authority across the North African country since starting work in Tripoli nearly a year ago.

Haftar, whose forces control much of the eastern Cyrenaica region, is backed by a parliament based in the east that has refused to pass a vote of confidence in the unity government.

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