African leaders call for an immediate ceasefire in Libya

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African leaders meeting in Cairo on Tuesday called for an “immediate and unconditional halt” to fighting in Libya.

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who hosted the meeting, said leaders should develop a coherent regional response to the crisis in Libya, warning against ‘a slide into chaos’.

The AU’s Libya “troika”, which includes Sisi and his Rwandan and South African counterparts, urged “all parties to act with restraint” and to facilitate “the delivery of humanitarian aid”.

Before the launch of the Tripoli assault, AU commission chair Moussa Faki had said the organisation would host a “reconciliation” conference in July aimed at uniting Libya’s political rivals.

A similar effort by the UN was postponed following the launch of Haftar’s offensive.

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