Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt have called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya, the foreign ministers of the countries said in a joint statement following a meeting on Wednesday in Tunis.
The three countries neighbour war-torn Libya and denounced “the continuous flow of weapons” and the “influx of foreign terrorist fighters” in the North African country.
Earlier this week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all countries to implement an arms embargo on Libya, saying illegal weapons transfers were fueling the fighting in the oil-rich state.
In addition, Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha met Wednesday in Tunisia with the ambassadors of the European Union, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Holland and Spain and discussed the ongoing military operations and their consequences on the humanitarian level in Libya’s capital Tripoli.
The meeting also reviewed the conditions of the illegal immigrants and internally displaced people, who alone amounted to over 100.000 due to the offensive led by Khalifa Haftar’s forces against Tripoli.
The meeting focused on the ways possible to end the military operations and restart the political process to help the country stabilize.
Bashagha renewed the Presidential Council’s government stance that welcomes any dialogue with representatives from the eastern region but not with Haftar “who turned out to be unfit for such a process and only cares for his personal gains.”
The Presidential Council started dialogue channels with eastern figures who reject Haftar’s attack on Tripoli after the formation of Cyrenaica Society.