Egypt hosting high-profile Libya talks to ease deadlock


CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is hosting high-profile talks among Libya’s top political and military figures aimed at resolving the war-ravaged country’s political deadlock.

The head of Libya’s U.N.-brokered unity government, Fayez Serraj, has met over the past two days with Aqila Saleh, the head of the Libyan parliament. Saleh is also to meet the head of the Cairo-based Arab League later on Thursday.

Libya’s powerful Gen. Khalifa Hifter, backed by Saleh’s parliament, is holding separate meetings with both Saleh’s and Serraj’s deputies.

Libya is bitterly divided among rival factions. Serraj leads the only internationally-recognized government of Libya, based in the capital, Tripoli. Saleh’s parliament — based in the far east of Libya — is the only internationally-recognized assembly in the country.

Saleh’s parliament has not endorsed Serraj’s government, leading to the stalemate.

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