Libya’s Neighbors Gather to Discuss Issues Related to Insurgency
Senior officials from Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad and Niger convened in Algiers on Thursday to discuss the fighting and fragile crease-fire in Libya. All share borders with the North African country, which has been rocked by an insurgency against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli. Benghazi-based troops of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) have been waging an offensive since April that has brought several cities and numerous oil fields under its control. LNA units have been besieging parts of Tripoli for several months. “Libya’s neighbors have the responsibility to facilitate a political solution,” Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, who hosted the meeting, said at the start of the session. Libya’s borders are considered highly porous, allowing the movement of both armed groups and migrants, leading to frequent regional instability. An official from nearby Mali was also in attendance, as was Heiko Maas, foreign minister of Germany, which hosted a weekend summit on Libya.