Egyptian Foreign Minister: Libya’s situation raises concerns
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7/Hassan Muhammed

CAIRO: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the situation in neighboring Libya “raises concerns,” in a speech in the Sudanese capital Khartoum Thursday during the Libyan Neighboring Countries meeting.

“It (the situation) requires serious cooperation from us and great efforts in offering support to the brothers in Libya in order for them to be able to build state institutions, restore security and stability and achieve their legitimate aspirations,” he said.

Sudan is hosting the current Libyan Neighboring Countries meetings. Cairo hosted a conference on Libya in a similar event on Aug. 24, which included representatives from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad and Niger. The outcome of the meeting called for collecting arms and weapons from Libyan militias, reaching a cease-fire agreement between the conflicting groups, drafting a new constitution, conducting inclusive dialogue and recognition of the new Libyan Parliament’s legitimacy.

Previously, Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani said in a Cairo press conference in October there would be no national dialogue with any group that rejects the legitimacy of the Parliament and government.

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