Libya: Algerian, Egyptian and Tunisian FM reaffirm commitment to dialogue, political agreement to resolve crisis

APS : Thursday, 16 November 2017
CAIRO- Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel and his counterparts of Egypt Sameh Choukri and of Tunisia Khemaies Jihnaoui reiterated Wednesday, in Cairo, the consistent positions of their countries and the principles
guiding their joint action to support the efforts aimed at resolving the Libyan crisis, reaffirming their commitment to dialogue and the political agreement as the only way to end the crisis in Libya.
In their meeting in Cairo as part of Algeria-Egypt-Tunisia tripartite initiative, the three Foreign Ministers reiterated, in the “draft” Declaration of Cairo for the settlement of the crisis in Libya, the consistent positions of their countries and the principles that guide their joint action for supporting the settlement efforts of the Libyan crisis, notably the preservation of the unity, stability and territorial integrity of Libya, as well as the commitment to dialogue and the Libyan political agreement as the only solution to the crisis, rejecting any form of foreign interference or resort to the military option.
The ministers welcomed the efforts made by the United Nations Envoy to Libya Ghessan Salame, expressing their satisfaction about his political plan to resolve the Libyan crisis. They urged, in this regard, the Libyan parties “to show more flexibility in the negotiations that are underway in Tunisia and to work to achieve the expected consensus,” stressing the need to “make the national interests of Libya prevail.”
The ministers reviewed the efforts made by Algerian Egypt and Tunisia to bring the Libyan parties’ viewpoints closer and encourage joining the efforts of the UN envoy, calling them to “put an end to violence and not to resort to provocative speeches.”
They also emphasized “the need to make a progress in the settlement process as soon as possible in anticipation of the legislative and presidential elections and the end of the transitional phase, to avoid a political and security vacuum which serves only terrorist organizations and parties which try to hinder the political process to serve their limited interests.”
The ministers also broached the security evolutions in Libya while warning against the persistent deterioration of the security situation as well as their repercussions on the Libyans’ daily life.”

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