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Kerry, UK foreign secretary host meeting on Libya

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at The Royal Institute of International Affairs, at Chatham House, in London, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif have been voted as the winners of this year's Chatham House Prize. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at The Royal Institute of International Affairs, at Chatham House, in London, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif have been voted as the winners of this year's Chatham House Prize. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, shakes hands with Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond,  as he is presented with the Chatham Prize, at The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Kerry and Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif have been voted as the winners of this year's Chatham House Prize. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, shakes hands with Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, as he is presented with the Chatham Prize, at The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Kerry and Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif have been voted as the winners of this year's Chatham House Prize. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is presented with the Chatham Prize by  Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, at The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Kerry and Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif have been voted as the winners of this year's Chatham House Prize. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is presented with the Chatham Prize by Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, at The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Kerry and Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif have been voted as the winners of this year's Chatham House Prize. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are hosting a meeting in London designed to break Libya's political stalemate.

Monday' session comes after the U.N.-backed Libyan government's failure to win legitimacy — or to function at all — amid deep political fragmentation.

They are joined by the head of a U.N.-brokered presidency council and designated Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and other diplomats. The ministerial meeting is designed to deal with economic and security issues facing the government.

The U.N.-backed government has failed to win endorsement of the eastern-based, internationally-recognized parliament, which is a prerequisite to assume power. At the same time, Serraj is facing a challenge from a self-declared prime minister in Tripoli who is trying to establish control in the chaotic North African country.