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Libya told to kick out foreign fighters, mercenaries

Police cadets take part in a graduation ceremony in the coastal Libyan city of Tajura, east of the capital Tripoli on August 26, 2021.   -  
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Countries neighboring Libya wrapped up their meeting Tuesday in Algeria, with calls for foreign fighters and mercenaries to be pulled out from the conflict-stricken North African nation.

The two-day meeting also urged Libyan parties to stick to a political road map that ended hostilities last year and set parliamentary and presidential elections in December.

The meeting, hosted by Algeria, was attended by foreign ministers of Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad and Niger.

Those countries have for years been concerned over the chaos in Libya.

The UN envoy for Libya, Jan Kubis, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and a representative of the African Union also attended.

Libya has been wracked by chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, and split the country between a UN-supported government in the capital, Tripoli, and rival authorities loyal to commander Khalifa Hifter in the east.

Each has been backed by different armed groups and foreign governments.

UN-sponsored peace talks brought about a cease-fire and installed an interim government that's expected to lead the country into a general election in December.

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