Egypt to host ministers of Greece, Cyprus, France, Italy to discuss Libya

Egypt will host on Wednesday a ministerial coordination meeting with the foreign ministers of France, Italy, Greece and Cyprus to discuss the ongoing developments in Libya, Ahram Online news site reported on Monday.

The meeting will be chaired by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and discuss pushing forward efforts to reach a political resolution for the Libyan crisis as military actions hinder such efforts.

The meeting arrives as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday announced the deployment of troops to the war-torn country in support of Libya's U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj.

Tensions have been mounting in the Mediterranean region following the signing of accords between Turkey and Libya's GNA. Ankara and the GNA signed two agreements on Nov. 27, one on security and military cooperation, the other on maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean.

Libya since 2014 has been split between the Tripoli-based GNA and the Tobruk government, led by General Khaftar Haftar, the de facto ruler of eastern Libya and head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is backed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt.