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Al-Ahram -Algeria، Egypt، Tunisia stress importance of implementing UN plans in Libya The foreign ministers of Egypt، Algeria and Tunisia affirmed in a joint statement the importance of implementing UN plans in Libya and the preservation of the country’s sovereignty، while reiterating their rejection of any foreign interference in Libyan affairs. The statement was issued following meetings held on Monday in Algiers between Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry، Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and Algerian Foreign Minister Abdel-Kader Messahel. The gathering was part of the framework of regular meetings of the tripartite initiative held continuously between the three states to discuss the latest developments in Libya. The statement highlighted 11 points on the key topics discussed during the meetings. The ministers stressed the importance of putting into effect plans presented by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salama on 10 October 2017. The statement also called on Libyan political parties to reach a consensus to end the country’s current transitional period and "pave the way for comprehensive national reconciliation." The three ministers also stressed the importance of the international community’s role in implementing the provisions of the Libyan political agreement signed on 17 December 2015، which aims to end the Libyan crisis and build a unified army and security services to maintain security and combat terrorism. The statement warned that delays in reaching a solution to the crisis might cause further escalation and violence. The FMs renewed their warning about the deteriorating living conditions of the Libyan people caused by the country’s instability and political obstruction، and stressed the importance of providing public services to the Libyan citizen.
The ministers also stressed that a political solution to the Libyan crisis must be reached by a consensus of all parties. The ministers agreed to continue security coordination between the three countries to assess threats posed by terrorist organisations to the security and stability of Libya.
Al-Shorouk -Assar: Private sector key partner in giant projects - Egypt to choose supplier of 1،300 rail carriages by end of May As part of development plan of railway in Egypt، the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) announced on Monday that it will choose between two international bids for the manufacture and supply of 1،300 rail carriages، with investments of LE19-20 billion، before the end of May. The ERA has issued an international tender in November 2017 to choose a company or alliance that will manufacture and supply new rail carriages with the aim to support and develop both passengers and goods transportation. Egypt is seeking to upgrade the infrastructure of railways; hence، the government has stepped up several railway investments to improve its safety. Around 10 international bids were presented to win this tender، including companies from Russia، Hungary، China، Italy and Spain. Only two bids، Russian-Hungarian and Chinese، have fitted the conditions of the tender. The carriages should be delivered 40 months after signing the contract. In August 2017، Egypt signed a $575 million agreement with American company General Electric Co to provide 100 new multi-use locomotives، 15 year technical support and spare parts، and to maintain and upgrade 81 trains bought by Egyptian railways in 2008 as part of the plan to use railways to transport 25 million goods by 2022. Minister of Transport، Hesham Arafat، said in a previous statement that Egypt plans to invest a total of $3.1 billion for the revamp of its national railway network over the next five years، which will include the addition of 1،000 new train carriages. Arafat pointed out that Egypt has a clear and comprehensive plan to develop all aspects of the country’s railway system، including infrastructure، tractors، train carriages and signals.
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