South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday attended a meeting of the African Union (AU) High Level Committee on Libya in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meeting, which was chaired by Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno, the current Chairman if the AU, was convened to review the evolution of the situation in Libya and related regional and international efforts aimed at addressing it and to agree on a way forward.

The members of the AU High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government on the situation in Libya are Algeria, Congo, Egypt, Mauritania, Niger, South Africa and Uganda, while the AU representative for Libya is the former president of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete.

Libya has been beset by chaos since NATO-backed forces overthrew long-serving ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011. The country remains divided politically between two governments and parliaments, despite a United Nations-brokered peace agreement signed by the country's political rivals in December 2015.

Concerns have also been raised over the rise of Islamist militancy there. In recent years, the country has also been a key springboard for migrants heading for Europe..

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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