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Arab League key to enduring peace in Libya - UN

02 settembre 2019 | 18.16
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Salame (L) with Aboul Gheit (R)

The Arab League has a vital role to play in a "lasting political solution" in Libya, United Nations special envoy Ghassan Salame tweeted on Monday after meeting the organisation's secretary general Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Cairo.

Salame and Aboul Gheit's talks centred on "political and security developments in Libya," according to the tweet.

"Salame stressed the importance of the Arab role in finding a lasting political solution in Libya," the tweet stated.

Aboul Gheit "welcomed" Salame's efforts towards "reviving the political process in Libya," the tweet ended.

International diplomatic efforts continue towards a ceasefire in the five-month-old battle for Tripoli between eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar's forces and armed groups loyal to the UN-backed government.

It is hoped a truce will lead to the resumption of inclusive UN-mediated talks between Libya's rival factions after the conflict forced Salame to postpone a National Conference due to be held there in mid-April.

At least 1,048 people have been killed and 5,558 have been injured in the fighting, which has driven nearly 200,000 people from their homes, according to the lastest figures from the UN World Health Organization.

Since the outbreak of fighting in and around Tripoli in early April, Salame "has been engaging with a wide range of national, regional and international actors" to reach a ceasefire agreement, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said in a 26 August report to the Security Council.

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