Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt call for a cease-fire in Libya

In a statement released overnight, the foreign affairs ministers denounced "the continuous flow of weapons" and the "influx of foreign terrorist fighters" in Libya.
Thursday 13/06/2019
Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui (C) shakes hands with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry (R) and Algerian Sabri Boukadoum (L) before a meeting to discuss the Libyan conflict, in the capital Tunis on June 12, 2019. (AFP)
Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui (C) shakes hands with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry (R) and Algerian Sabri Boukadoum (L) before a meeting to discuss the Libyan conflict, in the capital Tunis on June 12, 2019. (AFP)

TUNIS - Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt have expressed their "deep concern" over the chaotic situation in Libya and called for an immediate cease-fire in the country.

The foreign affairs ministers of the three countries, all neighbouring Libya, held a meeting on Wednesday in Tunisia's capital Tunis.

In a statement released overnight, they denounced "the continuous flow of weapons" and the "influx of foreign terrorist fighters" in Libya.

They agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against terrorism in the region.

Earlier this week, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all countries to implement an arms embargo against Libya, saying illegal weapons transfers by land, sea and air are fuelling the fighting in the oil-rich country.

Libya was plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed Muammar Qaddafi.

(Associated Press)