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Saturday 23 September 2017

Libyan factions meeting in Egypt in search for political settlement

Fayez Serraj (right) was expected at the talks
Fayez Serraj (right) was expected at the talks

Rival Libya factions are meeting in Cairo to try and forge a political settlement.

The head of Libya's UN-brokered government and the country's most powerful army commander, who is allied with rival authorities, are expected to meet.

A spokesman for the unity government said on Tuesday Fayez Serraj's meeting with Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter could lead to a "180-degree turn".

The spokesman, Ashraf al-Tulty, said he hoped the Egyptian government, which is hosting the talks, will help bridge the gap.

Egypt strongly supports Mr Hifter.

Mr Serraj's government has failed over the past year in unifying Libya, which slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Muammar Gaddafi.

Mr Hifter is allied with the Libyan parliament, which meets in the east of the country and has rejected the UN-backed government, in part because of a dispute over his future role in the country.

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