Cairo to host 300-member congress of Libyan tribes Monday
Assistant to the Foreign Minister Osama al-Magdoub - YOUM7(Archive)
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CAIRO:  Egypt will host a meeting of Libyan tribes’ representatives to discuss a political solution to their country’s crisis Monday, said Assistant to the Foreign Minister Osama al-Magdoub.

The 300-member congress aims to unify all tribes nationwide to reach a national settlement, Magdoub told Youm7 in a report to be published Monday.

“A dialogue has being held in Morocco to reach a national reconciliation government to choose a Prime Minister and agree on security measures. In case an agreement was announced, the tribes would be the only front to carry it out,” Magdoub said.

“Egypt is a merely a hosting country and did not intervene to choose the invited members,” Magdoub added, noting that a Libyan committee formed from different tribes coordinated the congress.

On Oct. 21, Egypt hosted a meeting for Egyptian and Libyan tribes’ representatives discussing disarmament of armed Libyan tribes.

Magdoub said representatives from Libya’s neighboring countries (Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad and Niger,) will meet June 5 in Chad to review the mechanism of the 2014 Egyptian initiative.

On Aug. 24, 2014 Cairo hosted a conference on Libya attended by neighboring countries. The conference proposed an initiative that calls for collecting arms and weapons from Libyan militias, reaching a cease-fire agreement between conflicting groups, drafting a new constitution, conducting an inclusive dialogue and recognizing of the new Libyan parliament’s legitimacy.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Saturday with his Algerian counterpart Ramadan Lamamra in Algeria to discuss Libya’s crisis and bilateral relations.

Since the February 2011 Libyan uprising and the death of late Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, Libya has sunk in deep security turmoil. It has been controlled by the Islamists and hardliners in the northern parts, while other parts came under the authority of the international recognized Tobruk-based government.

Qaeda-inspired militant group of the Islamic State has found footholds in Libyan territories, killing and kidnapping dozens of different nations.

Additional reporting by Amaal Raslan

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