Middle East

Libya's neighbors demand national dialogue to end crisis

  • Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Taher Siala, top center, attends a ministerial meeting of countries neighboring Libya which include Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Niger and Chad, as well as United Nations envoy, Martin Kobler, third right, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, top left, said "Egypt is committed to upholding Libya's sovereignty, supporting its legitimate institutions and rejecting foreign interference in the crisis". MENA reported. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Taher Siala, top center, attends a ministerial meeting of countries neighboring Libya which include Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Niger and Chad, as well as United Nations envoy, Martin Kobler, third right, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, top left, said "Egypt is committed to upholding Libya's sovereignty, supporting its legitimate institutions and rejecting foreign interference in the crisis". MENA reported. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Taher Siala, left, talks to Abdelkader Messahel, Algeria's Minister for African and Maghreb affairs, as they attend a ministerial meeting of countries neighboring Libya which include Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Niger and Chad, as well as United Nations envoy, Martin Kobler, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, said "Egypt is committed to upholding Libya's sovereignty, supporting its legitimate institutions and rejecting foreign interference in the crisis". MENA reported. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Taher Siala, left, talks to Abdelkader Messahel, Algeria's Minister for African and Maghreb affairs, as they attend a ministerial meeting of countries neighboring Libya which include Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Niger and Chad, as well as United Nations envoy, Martin Kobler, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, said "Egypt is committed to upholding Libya's sovereignty, supporting its legitimate institutions and rejecting foreign interference in the crisis". MENA reported. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • United Nations envoy, Martin Kobler, left, talks to Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies, as they attend a ministerial meeting of countries neighboring Libya which include Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Niger and Chad, as well as United Nations envoy, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, said "Egypt is committed to upholding Libya's sovereignty, supporting its legitimate institutions and rejecting foreign interference in the crisis". MENA reported. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    United Nations envoy, Martin Kobler, left, talks to Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies, as they attend a ministerial meeting of countries neighboring Libya which include Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Niger and Chad, as well as United Nations envoy, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, said "Egypt is committed to upholding Libya's sovereignty, supporting its legitimate institutions and rejecting foreign interference in the crisis". MENA reported. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

Representatives of Libya's neighbors are warning rival factions in the North African nation against seeking to settle their differences through military force.

The representatives, who met in Cairo on Saturday, came from Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Chad, Niger and Tunisia. Also attending was U.N. envoy to Libya Martin Kobler.

"A comprehensive political dialogue between all Libya parties is the only way out of this crisis," said a final communique after the meeting, saying the delegates "decisively reject" a military solution to the Libyan crisis.

Libya has plunged into chaos and lawlessness since the ouster and later killing of Muammar Gadhafi in a 2011 uprising and subsequent civil war, with two rival administrations operating in the east and west of the vast, oil-rich nation.