Libya's neighbours meet to discuss way forward for country

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Libya's neighbours meet to discuss way forward for country

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As fighting and anarchy continue throughout Libya, a delegation from neighbouring countries has held its first meeting in the country.

Representatives from Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Chad, Niger, and Sudan met in the city of Tobruk on the Libyan coast close to the border with Egypt to discuss how to reach political stability and security.

Libya has two governments and two parliaments, one in Tobruk and the other in Tripoli, the capital.

The Tobruk-based parliament is recognised by the United States and Egypt.

Egyptian representative, Mohammed Badr Aldien Zayed, said: “We have begun making contact with the security council and the international community to prepare punitive measures against those who support terrorism in Libya as well as those who carry it out.”

A spokesman for the Libyan parliament in Tobruk said: “Things are very difficult in Libya at the moment, especially as the capital is out of control. It’s in the hands of militants who have caused much damage and destruction to the Libyan state. They have harmed civilians and destroyed airports as well as petrol depots.”

Protesters in Tripoli have called for Libya’s newly elected parliament in Tobruk to be dissolved saying they had betrayed the people by asking for foreign intervention.