Egyptian FM accuses Turkey of supporting extremism in Libya

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Foreign Ministers from Egypt, France, Italy, Greece and Cyprus.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has claimed Turkey continues to support extremists in Libya’s long-running civil war, the Arab News website reported.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday following a meeting in Cairo with his counterparts from France, Italy, Greece and Cyprus on the situation in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya, Shoukry said the meeting aimed to reach a political consensus for the crisis, that political solutions are the best possible resolution and that armed conflicts cannot help solve the crisis.

Shoukry called for a cessation of hostilities in Libya, stressing that international law should be respected. He claimed that Turkey supports armed militias listed as sanctioned by the UN Security Council.

He noted that the recent agreements signed between Fayez Al-Serraj and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were a violation of the Sokhairat Agreement and that Turkish support for extremists is continuing.

The situation in Libya is only getting more complicated, Shoukry said, adding that Turkey’s interventions are aggravating it. He said Ankara is violating international law in light of the escalation of terrorism in Tripoli and that Egypt has been affected by attempts by terrorists to smuggle arms through its border with Libya.

He added that Egypt fully supports the Berlin conference and its attempts to achieve stability in Libya.

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