News ID: 241013
Published: 0150 GMT April 06, 2019

Envoy: UN to hold Libya's national conference as planned

Envoy: UN to hold Libya's national conference as planned
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The UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame speaks during a news conference in Tripoli, Libya, on April 6, 2019.

The UN special envoy to Libya said on Saturday he was determined to hold Libya’s national conference on time despite ongoing fighting in the North African country.

The United Nations is planning to hold a conference in the southwestern town of Ghadames from April 14 to 16 to discuss elections as a way out of the country’s eight-year-long conflict, Reuters reported.

Ghassan Salame told reporters in Tripoli the United Nations has been working to prevent an escalation of the crisis in Libya.

Also Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday during a visit to Cairo that his country wants all the political forces in Libya to find an agreement.

He also warned against foreign meddling in Libya in a televised briefing with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

Shoukry said the crisis in Libya could not be resolved through military means, but added the security situation in the country had long been a source of worry.

“Egypt has supported from the beginning a political agreement as a tool to prevent any military solution” in Libya, the Egyptian foreign minister said during the joint news conference with Lavrov.

 

 

   
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