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Egyptian delegation visits Tripoli, meets Libyan officials

An Egyptian delegation arrived in Tripoli on Sunday for talks with the Interior Minister of Libya’s UN-recognised government Fathi Bashagha, in the first such visit by Egyptian officials to the Libyan capital since 2014.

A statement by the Libyan Interior Ministry said the meeting was attended by Libyan intelligence chief Emad al-Trabelsi, with the two sides discussing joint security challenges and efforts to boost cooperation.

The talks also tackled ways to uphold the October ceasefire and the conclusions reached by a 5+5 military commission – consisting of five officers representing each side – to back UN efforts for political dialogue and a peaceful resolution to the current crisis.

Libya has been in turmoil since long-time ruler Moamer Gaddafi was toppled in 2011. The country became a proxy battleground for rival forces and foreign powers have been drawn into the conflict.

The oil-rich country has two main competing administrations: the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, and a government based in the eastern city of Tobruk, allied with military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who leads forces in the country’s east.

Egypt, along with the United Arab Emirates and Russia, has been a backer of Haftar’s forces.

On October 23, the two warring sides signed a country-wide ceasefire agreement in Geneva.

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