Tunisia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui said Tunisia will host a meeting of the foreign ministers of Libya’s neighboring countries next week, on Monday March 22 “devoted to discussing ways to support the political process and empowering the restoration of security and stability” [in Libya].
The foreign ministers of Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger and Libya (Internationally recognized House of Representatives, Tobruk) are expected to intend.
The meeting will also be attended by the Secretary General of the Arab League, representatives from the African Union, the European Union Special Representative and the Martin Kolber of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
According to a statement from the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the ministerial will be preceded by a preparatory meeting at the senior level on March 21.
While encouraging the Tobruk based HOR to accept the Government of National Accord, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was quoted in the Italian ‘La Republica’ newspaper as recommending supporting Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, (LNA) saying: “If we give arms and support to the Libyan National Army, it can do the job much better than anyone else, better than any external intervention that would risk putting us in a situation that could get out of hand and provoke uncontrollable developments.”
When Libya split into two rival governments in 2014 after the Islamist Farj Libya refused to recognize the results of elections and ousted the elected and internationally recognized House of Representatives from Tripoli, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates supported the HOR and Khalifa Haftar, while Qatar and Turkey supported the Farj Libya which then went on to reestablish the General National Congress which currently occupies Tripoli.
The last ministerial level meeting of Libya’s neighboring countries was held in Algeria in late 2015.