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Egypt, Algeria FMs discuss efforts for Libya stability
Last Updated: 2017-09-13 08:17 | Xinhua
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The Egyptian and Algerian foreign ministers met in Cairo on Tuesday to coordinate efforts over a political settlement in neighboring war-torn Libya, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his counterpart Abdelkader Messahel discussed the recent developments of the Libyan crisis ahead of a relevant meeting in London on Wednesday gathering the foreign ministers of Britain, the United States, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, France and Italy.

"The two ministers agreed on the importance of coordinating positions among Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia through a tripartite mechanism being Libya's three direct neighboring states and the ones affected most by its disorder," Egyptian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in the statement.

"They stressed that stability in Libya is the guarantee for the security and stability of the three states," he added.

The talks between Shoukry and Messahel were held ahead of their participation in the 148th ordinary session of the Arab League Council at the level of foreign ministers.

Six years after the 2011 uprising ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi as well as his life, Libya is currently engaged in a civil war and run by two rival administrations, one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli.

Tobruk's parliament-backed government was internationally recognized before the Presidential Council (PC) was established in 2015 to run a unity government in Tripoli as per a UN-brokered peace deal between Libyan factions reached in Skhirat, Morocco.

Supported by self-proclaimed Libyan national army led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, the government in Tobruk refuses to recognize the UN-backed unity government based in Tripoli, which is known as the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Sharing borders with Libya, Egypt and Algeria are concerned about the growing presence of the Islamic State (IS) in Libya after its decline in Syria and Iraq, as the terror group poses a direct threat to their national security and to the Arab national security in general.

More world attention has recently been drawn to Libya and France managed earlier in July to rarely bring face to face Libya's two main rivals Fayez al-Sarraj, head of Tripoli-based unity government, and military chief Haftar for settlement talks.

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