Libya's neighbors to meet in Tunis on security

A ministerial committee was formed during the recent African summit in Equatorial Guinea to offer political and security support for Libya

Libya's neighbors to meet in Tunis on security

World Bulletin/News Desk

Libya's neighboring countries are expected to hold a meeting at the ministerial level in Tunis later this month to discuss means of increasing political and security support for the turbulent Northern African country, Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdel-Aziz said Saturday.

He told Anadolu Agency that the meeting that will be held on 14 and 15 July will also focus on common security concerns among Libya's neighbors.

He added that a ministerial committee was formed during the recent African summit in Equatorial Guinea to offer political and security support for Libya.

Abdel-Aziz said the committee, which was formed upon an initiative from Algeria, includes Algeria; Sudan; Egypt; Tunisia; Chad, and Niger.

He noted that a Libyan Foreign Ministry delegation had visited the Egyptian capital Cairo to discuss security and intelligence cooperation with Egypt and also prepare for the third border security conference of the Sahel and the Desert Countries, which is slated for the 4th quarter of this year.

Abdel-Aziz said in Cairo, the delegation of his country would seek to bolster economic, political and security cooperation with Egypt, as well as cooperation in fighting illegal migration and the cross-border smuggling of arms.

Libya has been on the crest of a high wave of turmoil since the downfall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011. The country's deteriorating security has turned into a pain in the head for its neighbors, including Egypt, which says a large number of the arms that end up in the hands of militants in it find their way into Egypt from Libya.

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