A meeting of the foreign ministers of the Libyan neighbors was held in Algeria to discuss the developments of the crisis in Libya and the endeavors to push the path of the political settlement. The ministers appreciated the outputs of the Berlin meeting, and stressed the need to support the political track and reject armed foreign intervention.
The meeting, which was held on Thursday at the initiative of Algeria, covered the support of a political director for the Libyan crisis in light of the agreement of the Berlin conference held last Sunday.
An Algerian diplomatic source revealed to Anatolia that Algeria initiated this meeting, which is "limited to the neighboring countries of Libya," stressing that the Libyan parties are not concerned with it, as Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Mali were invited to the meeting.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Libyan National Accord Government announced that he refused to participate in the meeting because of Algeria's invitation to the Foreign Minister of the parallel government in eastern Libya, while an Algerian diplomatic source said that his country did not send an invitation to any Libyan party to attend the meeting.
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At the meeting, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum reaffirmed that there is no way out of the Libyan crisis except with a peaceful solution.
Bouqadoum pointed out that the Libyans should find a solution "for their crisis themselves and without any external interference", saying that "Algeria is confident of the Libyans' success in reaching a solution, and what increases our confidence is the fact that the parties welcome Algeria's invitation to conduct dialogue rounds."
For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, denounced the two memoranda of understanding signed between Turkey and Libya, describing the matter as "contrary to international agreements."
Shukry said in his speech to the meeting that "Turkey caused confusion for Libya after sending fighters to its soil," categorizing it as "blatant interference against an Arab country."
He added that "the solution to the Libyan crisis must be between the Libyans themselves," noting that "the political dispute is possible, and if the Libyan crisis was political, it would have been resolved," but he considered the matter "related to terrorist groups that were supported by groups from Syria."
Shukry expressed his hope that "if the Libyans and the international community commit themselves to the outcomes of the Berlin Conference, then peace will come to Libya."
For his part, said the German Foreign Minister participating in the meeting after his country hosted the Berlin conference, that stopping the flow of arms to Libya will give an opportunity to revive peace, noting that the neighboring countries are the key to resolving the crisis.