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    UN’s Libya mission praises Libyan rivals for holding direct talks in Egypt

    CAIRO: Military and police teams from Libya’s rival administrations held talks in Egypt on Monday as part of attempts to resolve the conflict.
    The security and military talks were taking place in Hurghada and were facilitated by the UN’s Libya mission, UNSMIL.
    France said it welcomed the direct talks between Libyan parties.
    The UNSMIL also thanked Egypt for hosting the talks, and the Libyan delegations who “demonstrated a positive and proactive attitude aimed at de-escalation of the situation in central Libya.”
    The talks are part of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission which started meeting in February. It consists of five senior military officers from each side of the conflict.
    Libya split into two rival administrations after the downfall of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
    The capital Tripoli is controlled by the Government of National Accord, while in the east, a rival government backed my military command Khalifa Haftar holds sway.

    Source : Arab News

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