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Libya’s UN-backed government boycotts Arab League peace talks

LIBYA’S UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) is boycotting talks held by the Arab League this week, insisting they would only serve to “deepen rifts” over the future of the war-ravaged country.

The Tripoli-based government will not take part in the discussions between the organisation’s foreign ministers, set to take place via video due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala complained that the meeting had been called by Egypt without prior consultation and was not an appropriate format to deal with such serious issues.

Libya has tumbled into a deepening quagmire since the Nato-backed ousting and murder of Muammar Gadaffi in 2011.

Parallel governments are vying for control of the country: the UN-backed GNA and General Khalifa Haftar’s Tobruk-based Libyan National Army (LNA).

Arms have continued to flood the country on both sides, despite a UN embargo, and Turkey has transported thousands of jihadists there, swinging the war in favour of the GNA.

On Saturday Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi insisted that military intervention by Cairo “has now gained international legitimacy,” as troops gathered on the border.

“Our heroic forces are determined to complete the journey and liberate the entire region from terrorist militias, [their] mercenaries and supporters,” he said.

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