Egypt, Algeria FMs discuss Libya situation

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed during a meeting with his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Conference on Sunday the importance of implementing the UN-brokered Skhirat agreement of 2015 as the cornerstone to restore stability in war-torn Libya, which shares borders with both countries.
The meeting between the two ministers tackled areas of mutual interest between Egypt and Algeria, in addition to the situation in Libya, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.
On Saturday, Egypt’s Chief of Staff of The Armed Forces Mahmoud Hegazy discussed with the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Martin Kobler the mechanisms to reach consensus between the numerous rival factions in Libya through the agreed upon declaration of principles, an army spokesman said.
Earlier this month, the Tunisian President Beji Essebsi told Tunisian magazine Leaders that Algeria proposed an initiative to solve the Libyan crisis and that Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria will meet in a trilateral summit to discuss the country’s situation.
Abu Zeid told Ahram Online in early January that he had no details on the date of the proposed summit but that the three countries “would meet soon” in a general meeting with other neighbouring North African countries.
Abu Zeid also confirmed that Egypt is committed to establishing peace in Libya, whether through trilateral talks with Tunisia and Algeria, or in direct dialogue icluding Libya, its neighbouring countries, the United Nations, the African Union or the Arab League.

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