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A member of Libya’s security forces stands guard by the government offices in Tripoli. (Reuters)

Cairo – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged on Saturday the need for the international community to help the Libyan people find local solutions to allow their government to carry out its duties.

He vowed that Washington will help Tripoli “restore unity in Libya.”

Tillerson made his remarks before US diplomats in London after a ministerial meeting that was held there to discuss Libya.

Spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abou Zeid said that the gatherers in London had expressed their relief with the drop in terrorist activity in the North African country.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri attributed the drop to the reduction of terrorism financing in recent months.

Abou Zeid added in a statement that United Nations envoy to Libya Ghassan Salameh had studied the latest Libyan security and political developments. He had also presented his vision over the upcoming meeting on the crisis that will be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The Assembly will convene in New York on Wednesday.

Abou Zeid added that the gatherers at the London meeting were agreed on the importance of Salameh’s efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis.

Shoukri meanwhile stressed that Egypt will continue to attempt to bridge the divide between the Libya leaderships on the civil and military levels.

Cairo supports reaching a consensus agreement that would ensure that a political settlement is reached based on the Skheirat deal, said the FM.

The deal was reached in Morocco two years ago under UN sponsorship.