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UN Envoy Calls for Arab Role in Libyan Crisis Resolution

CAIRO – The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, called on the Arab League to play a role in solving the crisis in this country of North Africa, Asharq Al Awsat said Tuesday.
Arab League leader, Ahmed Abul Gheit, received Salame in Cairo on Monday.
Discussions focused on political and security developments in Libya.
Salame emphasized the importance of the Arab League’s role in finding a “lasting political solution” in the country.
Abul Gheit, for his part, praised the efforts of the envoy to relaunch the political process.
He expressed the organization’s firm refusal of any form of foreign interference in Libya’s internal affairs, recalling his determination to encourage the Libyan parties to put an end to military operations and reach a comprehensive settlement.
Salame then spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri.
On the ground, the Libyan national army, commanded by Khalifa Haftar, accused militias loyal to the National Accord government for targeting civilian infrastructure in the capital, Tripoli, including Mitiga airport on Sunday.
He denied being behind the shelling and slogans “the daily lies and lies of the Muslim Brotherhood and its front, the illegal GNA, against the LNA.”
“The leader of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, must admit that he can not control the militias that support his government and that one of these groups was behind the bombing of Mitiga,” he added.
The UN mission said four projectiles hit civilian parties at the airport, including an airstrip, damaging a plane carrying dozens of pilgrims and injuring two crew members.
Four Libyan airlines have transferred their operations to Misrata airport, located about 200 km east of Tripoli, until further notice, they said on their websites.
Mitiga, just east of the centre of Tripoli, has been attacked several times in recent months, forcing it to stop flying for several hours.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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