Egypt, Algeria and Italy plan to hold a meeting next week in Cairo over the Libya security crisis and the international efforts to combat the terrorism, Egyptian Foreign Ministery spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty told The Cairo Post Tuesday evening.
The meeting was planned by Egyptian Khaled Fawzy and the Algerian Mohamed Buzeit, the intelligence chiefs of both countries.
Algerian Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader Messahel met his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry Saturday to discuss the crisis, announcing the coming meetings.
“Dealing with the situation in Libya should be through political action and consensus between political parties, in parallel with decisive combat against terrorism,” said Shoukry during the meeting, adding “this requires joint work and concerted efforts from all international community.”
Messahel affirmed there is coordination between both countries that have direct borders with Libya, noting that a meeting for neighboring countries will be held soon.
On Aug. 24, Cairo hosted a conference with Libya’s neighbors (Tunisia, Sudan, Algeria, Chad and Niger) to find a solution for the Libyan security crisis. The outcome of the meeting called for collecting arms and weapons from Libyan militias, reaching a cease-fire agreement between conflicting groups, drafting a new constitution and conducting inclusive dialogue for the recognition of the legitimacy of the new Libyan Parliament.
Although Egypt supports international efforts to reach a political solution for the Libyan crisis and a political agreement between the conflicting parties, it seeks to gain international support for military intervention to battle alleged terrorist groups there.
Following the release of a video showing the execution by beheading of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya’s Sirte by a Libyan branch of the Islamic State group in February, Egypt launched six airstrikes on suspected IS bases in Eastern Libya’s Derna and Sirte.
In an interview with France’s Europe 1 radio, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called on the United Nations to issue a resolution for an international coalition to intervene in Libya.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi also called on the United Nations Security Council to send a U.N.-led “mission” to Libya as fast as possible, the Italian News Agency Aki reported in February.
Italy’s envoy to Libya Giuseppe Grimaldi and Italian Ambassador in Cairo Maurizio Massari met Saturday with Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Neighboring Countries’ Affairs Ossama al-Magdoub, discussing the recent developments in Libya and how to deal with them politically, stated the Egyptian State Information Service.
Renzi met Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and tackled the Libyan crisis, saying “The role of Russia, for its history and its role in the United Nations Security Council, may be crucial,” AP reported.
Libyan warring parties’ meetings
Since the overthrow of Libyan Leader Muammar Gadhafi in 2011, Libya has experienced ongoing conflict between Islamists from the northern parts of the country and military forces. Due to chaos in the capital Tripoli, the new government and the interim Parliament have made the city of Tobruk their headquarters. Militias and Islamist groups control most of the country outside of Tobruk.
Algeria will host a meeting between the conflicting parts of Libya Wednesday to reach a political settlement. “Algeria has had contacts with all Libyan parties and has received many Libyan players without distinction, except the terrorist groups that are known as such at the United Nations,” Messahel tols channel 3 radio on March 4.
U.N.-backed talks between the Libyan conflicting parties were held in Morocco to reach an agreement Saturday, according to a statement from the Moroccan Ministry of foreign Affairs.
Meanwhile, Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib Essid will visit Algeria Wednesday to discuss the Libya crisis; he previously announced his rejection to any military intervention in Libya, according to a statement from the Tunisian Foreign Ministry Monday.
The 23th round of the Arab Interior Ministers Council meetings kicks off Wednesday in Algeria to discuss the counterterrorism in the region.