Egypt condemns attack on Libya hotel, calls for int’l efforts against ‘terrorism
Corinthia hotel - AP

CAIRO: Egypt calls on the international community to join hands in the face of “terrorism,” being a “global phenomenon” that targets security and stability worldwide, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said in a Wednesday statement condemning the killing of 12 at a Libyan hotel Tuesday.

Abdel Atty expressed Egypt’s condolences to the families of the victims; wishing five people injured at Tripoli’s Corinthia Hotel a speedy recovery.

Gunmen had stormed the luxurious hotel in an attack involving a car bomb, shooting their way into the hotel, according to the CNN. At least five foreigners were killed in the attack.

Cairo hosted a conference on Libya and its neighboring countries in August 2014, 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, and conducting inclusive.

The Libyan Justice Ministry, including the forensic department, have received a training in Egypt as part of a program to support their judicial system, Libya news website Al-Wasat reported earlier in January.

Egypt, Algeria, Italy, France and other countries have also announced they would provide training to Libyans to regain the rule of law.

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