Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, left, and his Algerian counterpart Sabri Boukadoum, 2nd left, attend a meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, left, and his Algerian counterpart Sabri Boukadoum, 2nd left, attend a meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP)

Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria call for a cease-fire in Libya, reject military solution

Thu, Jun. 13, 2019
CAIRO – 13 June 2019: Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt have expressed their “deep concern” over the chaotic situation in Libya and called for an immediate cease-fire in the country.

The foreign affairs ministers of the three countries, all neighboring Libya, held a meeting on Wednesday in Tunisia’s capital Tunis.

In a statement released overnight, they denounced “the continuous flow of weapons” and the “influx of foreign terrorist fighters” in Libya.

They agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against terrorism in the region.

Earlier this week, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all countries to implement an arms embargo against Libya, saying illegal weapons transfers by land, sea and air are fueling the fighting in the oil-rich country.

Libya was plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed Muammar Qaddafi.

As part of the tripartite initiative, the ministers rejected any military solution to the Libyan crisis, stressing the importance of keeping the diplomatic course as the only way to resolve the crisis under the sponsorship of the United Nations.

The ministers also rejected any foreign interference in the Libyan internal affairs, while condemning the entry of weapons to Libya from regional countries in a clear violation to the UNSC decision.

The meeting also affirmed the sovereignty of Libya over its own land, calling all components of the Libyan society to pave the way for an ultimate solution to the crisis.

The next meeting on Libya will be held in Algeria and will be determined when soon.
 
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