President el-Sisi calls for international help to resolve Libya crisis

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi./ Getty

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called upon the international community to help rid Libya of militias fighting to control the country.

President el-Sisi made the call during his address at the ongoing 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“We also need to work on unifying all national institutions in order to save our dear neighbour from the ensuing chaos by militias and prevent the intervention of external actors in Libya’s internal affairs,” el-Sisi said.

Libya has been dogged by violence since the 2011 ouster and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Gaddafi’s death created a vacuum in the North African country, that various militant groups sought to take advantage of.

Recently, the country has witnesses heigheted clashes between easter-based Libya National Army (LNA) and the United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).

“This conflict needs to be stopped. It is time to take a bold and decisive stand to address the root causes of the Libyan crisis comprehensively and can be achieved by fully committing to the United Nations plan,” President el-Sisi said in New York.

The U.N. is routing for talks between the fighting factions to end the war and a possible formation of a unity transitional government.

While the date and venue of the talks have not been decided, Germany has emerged as a possible location.

UNGA 74 opened on 17 September, though the first day of the high-level General Debate was held on Tuesday and will run until 30 September.

A total of 143 heads of state and government have been confirmed to speak in the debate.

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