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Greek FM voices support for political solution to Libyan crisis

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias expressed on Wednesday his country’s support for political solution to the Libyan crisis.


Dendias made his remarks during a meeting with Agila Saleh, speaker of the east-based Libyan House of Representatives, in the eastern Libyan town of Al-Qubah, according to a statement issued by the parliament.

“The meeting discussed developments in Libya and the region, ways to end the Libyan crisis, and the Cairo Declaration … to end the Libyan crisis,” the statement said.

“The Greek foreign minister … expressed his country’s support for … any political solution to end the crisis in Libya, refusing external interference in Libya,” the statement added.

Last month, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi presented an initiative, known as the Cairo Declaration, which seeks a cease-fire between warring Libyan parties, a UN-supervised election of a Libyan presidential council and the a constitutional declaration to regulate the elections.

Under the initiative, foreign mercenaries would pull out from Libya and militias disband and disarm, while the east-based army can take over their security and military responsibilities in the country, according to the Egyptian president.

However, the Tripoli-based UN-backed government rejected the Egyptian initiative, calling it “unacceptable and biased.”

Libya has been suffering escalating violence and political instability ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 when a civil war erupted in the capital Tripoli between rival armed faction.

The war ended up with the ongoing political division between the parliament and its east-based government, and the UN-backed government in the west.

(XINHUA)

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