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Libya: Cairo Meeting Raises Question of Tribes’ Conflict Resolution Role

A four-day meeting of Libyan tribal leaders took place in Cairo this week, ostensibly aimed at exploring ways to unite warring factions. However, the fact that the gathering was organized and sponsored by the Egyptian government, with support from controversial tycoon Hassan Tatanaki, made it look rather one-sided, as did the list of attendees. Most of the tribal elders in attendance are known to be aligned with the internationally recognized government of Abdullah al-Thinni based in eastern Libya, which Egypt supports diplomatically and militarily. Notably, a number of individuals, tribes and organizations, including supporters of the eastern government, decided to boycott the event.

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