Security meeting to be held in Tunisia for Libya’s neighbours

Tunisia said Monday it will host a meeting of foreign ministers from the six countries neighbouring Libya, to discuss ways of helping it deal with political turmoil and rising lawlessness.

A meeting of Maghreb countries on the situation in Libya had been scheduled for early June but it was delayed indefinitely because of the lack of “visibility” on the crisis unfolding at the time.

The new meeting, to take place in Hammamet, south of Tunis, on July 13 and 14, is due to gather the top diplomats from Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Chad and Niger, the Tunisian foreign ministry said.

Representatives from the Arab League and the African Union are also expected to attend, it said in a statement.

The leaders will “exchange points of view on the forms of support that the neighbouring states can offer… (to help) launch a Libyan national dialogue… and to strengthen state institutions and the democratic transition process in Libya.”

The lawlessness in Libya, which has been rocked by major political crises and violent unrest since the overthrow of longtime strongman Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, has had far-reaching security implications for its neighbours.


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