According to Egypt and Algeria, Libya crisis should be solved internally

  • Tomáš Hošek
  • 9.8.2017 09:42

On Wednesday 2 August at a meeting in Cairo, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, agreed with his Algerian counterpart, Abdelkader Messahel, on the issue of the long-standing internal crisis in Libya, which should be resolved internally by the Libyan people themselves, without any kind of outside intervention. According to the ministers, it is necessary to achieve stability and unification of the country, which needs to be able to effectively fight terrorism.

The meeting took place a week after the Government of National Accord's (GNA) prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, agreed to a ceasefire with the Libyan National Army's (LNA) general, Khalifa Haftar, in Paris. LNA leads a military campaign against Islamist insurgents who control several important Libyan cities – the army currently besieges the coastal city of Derna. Among LNA’s major successes is also the recent capture of Benghazi after more than a three-year-long military campaign. Nevertheless, a purely internal solution to the Libyan crisis does not seem very likely at the moment: General Haftar relies on the military support of Russia, who strives to fill the power vacuum after the Americans left the country in order to spread Russian influence in the Mediterranean. On the other hand, the EU's primary aim is to reduce the migration flow from the Libyan coast across the Mediterranean Sea and into Italy, using financial assistance for the official political and security bodies in Libya.

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