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ROME, April 9 — Italy, Egypt and Algeria have agreed on common support to the UN-led efforts to reach a Libyan reconciliation and to counter the emerging terrorism threat in the war-torn Arab and north African nation.
In a joint press conference with the Egyptian counterpart and Algerian Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, the Italian top diplomat Paolo Gentiloni said they had agreed on intensifying their joint efforts to support the UN special envoy to Libya and his attempts to restore stability.
He added the ministers also agreed on boosting cooperation in countering terrorism and sharing security and terror-related information.
A stable Libya ruled by an inclusive government is in the interest of all neighboring countries, Gentiloni asserted.
For his part, Egyptian foreign ministry Sameh Shukry said that the meeting tackled the stances of the represented countries of the crisis in Libya.
He reiterated Egypt’s support to the legitimate parliament and government, considering them a main partner in the fight against terrorism.
Shukry emphasized the importance of restoring security and stability in Libya, stopping hostilities, increasing support to the internationally-recognized Tobruk-based government.
He stated that components of any national unity government should be reflective of the last elections results.
Meanwhile, Algerian Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader Messahel said that the meeting unveiled a consensus on the need to back the diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya. He stressed Algeria’s stance of rejecting any foreign interference in Libya.
The conferees agreed on continuing political, security and humanitarian cooperation in Libya, he said.
The Algerian Minister underlined the importance of forming a national unity to secure political stability and avoid chaos.