16 May 2016

Libya: Vienna Conference, New Step to End Divisions, Clashes in Libya

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Algiers — Ministers of Foreign Affairs of European countries, the United States and Libya's neighbouring countries will meet, once again in Vienna, Austria, on Monday, in a bid to end the divisions and clashes shaking Libya since five years.

The international community is impatient to see Libya's Government of National Accord imposing itself and countering Daesh terrorist group and illegal immigration.

The conference, co-chaired by Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Libya's new Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, will be attended by representatives of many countries, including Algeria, which will represented by Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.

Vienna Conference, an opportunity to discuss international support

The Foreign ministers will discuss international support Libya's new government as well as security issues, said the spokesperson for the US department of State.

US officials and diplomats said Thursday that the US was ready to ease the embargo imposed by the United Nations on weapons since 2011, in order to help the new authorities to fight against Daesh.

The participants will try to provide more support to Libya's new government, especially as it is facing many challenges.

During the conference, Sarraj will voice the major concern of Libyans, which consists mainly on their need for financial support, especially as the country has been ruined by instability and 40% of population needs humanitarian.

Since its arrival in Tripoli in late March, Libya's Government of National Accord has managed to spread its authority in the capital and to win the armed militias of the western part of Libya to its cause.

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