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Foreign Minister participates in the tripartite ministerial meeting on Libya in Tunisia


2/22/2017

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated on February 19, in the tripartite ministerial meeting on Libya hosted by Tunisia, along with the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui, and the Algerian Minister for Maghreb, African Union and Arab League Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel.  The meeting came in response to the initiative launched by Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi, which aims to find a comprehensive political settlement in Libya.

Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign said the ministers reviewed, during the meeting, the outcome of contacts and talks held by the three countries with the different parties to the Libyan political scene, with the aim to converge their views, and create favorable conditions to unite the Libyan factions, and lay the foundations for a political consensual solution to the crisis of our brotherly country so as to preserve its unity and territorial integrity, support its institutions, and realize the hopes and aspirations of its people.

At the outset of his speech, Minister Shoukry extended his thanks to the Tunisian President for this initiative that aims at supporting the political settlement efforts and breaking the current political deadlock, while emphasizing that Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria are the most affected countries by the continuing instability in Libya. Shoukry stressed that there is no other alternatives to the comprehensive political solution in Libya, and expressed rejection of foreign interference, and commitment to restoring stability in Libya and fighting terrorism. 

The Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that Shoukry reviewed in his speech the actions and endeavors carried out by Egypt to converge views of the different Libyan parties, noting in this context to the series of meetings and figures hosted in Cairo over the last period, which included the President of the Libyan House of Representatives, the Chairman of the Presidency Council, the general Commander of the Libyan Army, and a delegation from the Supreme Council of State, in addition to representatives of Libya's notables and tribes, and representatives of the Libyan civil society, media, and intellectuals. Shoukry indicated that Egypt perceived a growing consensus among the Libyan parties on a number of Libyan national constants, as well as on the pending issues in relation to the framework of the political agreement, which ought to be further discussed in a dialogue in order to reach consensual formulas to address them. He also praised in this regard the Tunisian and Algerian efforts that are consistent with and complement the Egyptian endeavors. 

At the end of his speech, Minister Shoukry affirmed Egypt's confidence that the joint action with both Algeria and Tunisia will help reach consensual and satisfactory solutions to all parties that allow for the transition to the reconstruction stage of the Libyan State, and can help tackle its economic and social problems, fight terrorism, and restore security. 

Concluding his remarks, Abu Zeid indicated that the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi will receive on Monday, as scheduled, the foreign ministers of Egypt and Algeria, in order to discuss the next steps to activate the Tunisian initiative to settle the Libyan crisis in cooperation and coordination among the three countries; a joint statement reflecting what has been agreed in this regard will be issued.