Egyptian foreign minister heads to Algeria for Libya talks
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - AP/Amr Nabil

CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Algiers Thursday for a meeting with his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra and other senior officials to discuss the Libyan security situation, said Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty in a statement.

The Algeria meetings will focus on encouraging and convincing the conflicting parties in Libya to go forward with national dialogue, Atty said.

Shoukry’s talks will also tackle bilateral Egyptian-Algerian relations and Palestine, Gaza, Syria, and Iraq in addition to counterterrorism, Atty added.

Algeria will host a conference for Libyan national dialogue following recommendations made by neighboring countries after meetings held in Cairo.

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.

Libya is experiencing ongoing conflict between Islamist militias from the eastern 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.

Shoukry canceled a Tobruk visit scheduled for Thursday before heading to Algeria, Youm7 reported.

The visit was canceled due to scheduling conflicts with Libyan officials.

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