Interim Government of Libya appreciates Egypt's role in preserving unity of Libyan soil

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Sun, 11 Oct 2020 - 12:53 GMT

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met on Thursday with Libyan tribes’ leaders and notables, representing the spectrum of the Libyan people from across the country.- Press photo

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met on Thursday with Libyan tribes’ leaders and notables, representing the spectrum of the Libyan people from across the country.- Press photo

 CAIRO - 11October 2020: Tripoli's Interim Government showed appreciation of Egypt's effective role in preserving the security and unity of the Libyan soil, calling on the parties to adhere to the outcomes of the Hurghada meetings.

 

The spokesman for the Interim Libyan Government, Ezz El-Din Al-Falih, said in press statements to Bawaba Al-Wasat and the Libyan media, that the government hopes that the United Nations and the countries concerned with the Libyan filesupport the results of the Bouznika and Hurghada meetings.

 

"We are closely following the political discussions and meetings in Bouznika, Morocco, and the military ones in Hurghada and what can emerge from them.And we hope the United Nations and the countries concerned with the Libyan file support the results of these meetings, which should supportthe interest of the homeland and the citizens within the framework of a fair distribution of wealth and sovereign positions," he said.

 

"The government always blesses everything that would heal the rift between the Libyans.We supportthe unity of the Libyan soil, and we do not expect success for the results of any ofthese meetings unlessthe mercenaries brought by Turkey to Libya withdraw, and the Presidency Council stops exploiting the money of the Libyan people through suspicious deals with Turkish companies,which, in fact, happened duringSarraj'spresidency of the council," Falih explained.Sarraj stated he intends to resign from this position by the end of October.

 

The Libyan parties held talks earlier in Hurghada, Egypt. They called for the acceleration of the opening of air and land transportation lines, in a way that guarantees freedom of movement for citizens in all Libyan cities.

 

The Hurghada talks continued for two days under the auspices of the United Nations and called for speeding up the 5 5 joint military committee meetings, with direct meetings the following week.

 

The talks also called for the immediate release of everyone detained without conditions or restrictions, as well as stopping the campaigns of media escalation and hate speech and replacing themwith the speech of tolerance and reconciliation, to reject violence and terrorism.

 

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya expressed its gratitude to the Egyptian government for its efforts tofacilitatethe convening of this important round of Libyan talks, and commendedthe efforts of the members of the two delegations, welcoming the reached results.

 

The mission expressed hope that this positive development will contribute to paving the way for the Libyan parties to agree on a final and permanent ceasefire shortly.

 

Libya is suffering a severe division between two factions; the Libyan Parliament and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal KhalifaHaftar in the east and the GNA led by Fayez al-Sarraj. The latter is internationally recognized but is not accepted by the Parliament.

 

Hundreds were killed in continuous battles between the LNA and the forces of the GNA, over the past year.

 

Earlier, Egypt’s President Sisi met with LAAF head, Commander KhalifaHaftar, and Libyan Parliamentary Speaker AguilaSalehin Cairo, to discuss efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis. Both Libyan officials emphasized that any initiative to solve the crisis in the war-torn country has to include “the removal of Turkish-backed mercenaries and militias”.

 

It is worth mentioning that GNA Head Fayez al-Sarraj announced earlier in September his intention to resign by the end of October.

 

In late August, both Saleh and Sarraj announced in two separate statements that they had agreed on a Libya-wide ceasefire.

 

 

 

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