UNSC to hold emergency session on Libya: Egypt

CAIRO (AA) – The UN Security Council (UNSC) will convene on Wednesday to discuss fighting "terrorism" in Libya, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry has said.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in New York in the early hours of Monday with the aim of pushing for international action on Libya following the killing of 21 Egyptians by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group in Egypt's fractious neighbor.

The Foreign Ministry said that Shoukry held talks with Jordan's representative at the UNSC as well as Libya's permanent representative at the UN.

It also said that Shoukry will meet with representatives of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to prepare for Wednesday's meeting.

The UNSC has yet to officially confirm the claimed emergency session.

On Monday, the Egyptian army launched airstrikes against ISIL targets in eastern Libya early, hours after a video appeared to show the execution by the militant group of 21 Egyptian Christians who had travelled to restive Libya for work.

Fractious Libya has remained a source of concern for neighboring Egypt since it descended into chaos following the 2011 ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Last month, the Egyptian government – citing security concerns – banned its citizens from travelling to neighboring Libya via Libyan Airlines.

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