EGYPT’S FM REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR POLITICAL SOLUTION IN LIBYA

CAIRO, Egypt, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, said, Cairo employs all its capabilities, to push forward the political process in Libya, and reach a settlement in the conflict-torn country.

Shoukry’s remarks came, during a phone call with Fayez al-Sarraj, head of Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), run by the Presidential Council (PC), said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, in a statement.

“Shoukry made a phone call with PC chief, Fayez al-Sarraj, where they discussed the latest development in Libya, in the political and security arenas,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said.

The Egyptian foreign minister stressed the importance of joint work, to boost the understandings reached between rival Libyan parties, in their recent meetings in Cairo “in order to achieve accord over over the outstanding issues in the Libyan political agreement, to move to the stage of construction.”

For his part, Sarraj expressed his appreciation of the Egyptian efforts, voicing intention to make a soon visit to Cairo, for further consultations on the next steps.

Six years after the 2011 uprising ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi, as well as his life, Libya is currently engaged in a civil war and run by two rival administrations, one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli.

Tobruk’s parliament-backed government was internationally recognised before the PC was established in 2015, to run a unity government in Tripoli, as per a UN-brokered peace deal between Libyan factions, reached in Skhirat, Morocco.

Supported by self-proclaimed Libyan national army, led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, the parliament-backed government in Tobruk refuses to recognise the UN-backed, PC-run unity government, known as GNA.

Egypt, which hosted several meetings of Libyan factions, refrains from recognising the GNA, saying, it is up to the Libyan people to determine their own government.

However, it repeatedly expressed support for the Tobruk-based government, and for strongman Haftar’s crackdown on militants in Libya, describing the man as “Libya’s saviour from terrorism.”

In Jan, Cairo hosted top diplomats from Libya and its neighbouring states, namely Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Chad, Niger and Tunisia, as well as, the Arab League chief and UN envoy, who issued a joint communique, urging Libyan dialogue and reiterating rejection of any foreign military interference in the war-torn country.

In mid-Feb, Egypt managed to get Haftar and Sarraj to Cairo, but failed to convince the two rivals, to hold direct talks.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK