Sudan to take part in 3rd AU committee meeting on Libya

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-06 00:47:54|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KHARTOUM, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Sudan is to attend the third meeting of the African Union (AU) High-level Committee on Libya this weekend, the official SUNA news agency reported Tuesday.

Sudan's Vice President Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman would leave on Friday to attend the meeting, which is to be held in Brazzaville, capital of Republic of Congo on Sept. 9, said the report.

The meeting, which would be attended by a number of Libyan leaders, seeks to break the political stalemate which is preventing implementation of the UN-brokered Skhirat deal reached in 2015.

The meeting will also attempt to boost the national reconciliation efforts under several initiatives by the AU, the Arab League and the UN seeking to narrow viewpoints between the Libyan rivals to reach a political settlement.

The AU committee, chaired by President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo, was established by the AU Peace and Security Council during a meeting of African foreign ministers in New York in Sept. 2014, with an aim to restore security and peace in Libya.

The committee comprises nine countries including Niger, Mauritania, the Republic of Congo, South Africa, Sudan, Chad, Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia.

Libya has been suffering from a civil war since the 2011 ouster and death of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, which led to a divided country governed by two governments, a UN-backed one in Tripoli and a parliament-backed, military-oriented one in Tobruk.

Tobruk's government was internationally recognized before a unity government was formed in 2015 in Tripoli, known as the Government of National Accord (GNA), under a UN-brokered peace deal reached in Skhirat, Morocco.

Supported by the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar, the parliament-backed government in Tobruk refuses to recognize the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli.