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Egypt’s Sisi arrives in Palermo for conference on Libyan crisis

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Nov 2018
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived at Italy's Palermo airport on Monday November 12, 2018 (Photo: Courtesy of Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson)
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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Italy on Monday to attend a summit on the Libyan crisis in Palermo.

In a brief statement to the press, El-Sisi’s spokesman Bassam Rady said El-Sisi arrived at Palermo Airport.

The Egyptian President is in Italy for a two-day visit, after an invitation by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

The invitation comes a few days after both El-Sisi and Conte spoke on the phone, during which El-Sisi stressed Egypt’s position that the unity of Libyan territory should be preserved, support for its national institutions, respect for the will of the people, which will contribute to the return of stability and security in the Middle East.

The Palermo conference will bring together key political Libyan factions and international partners in the latest bid by the international community to solve the continuing Libyan crisis and proceed with a plan to hold planned elections in the country.

Libya’s prime minister, who is based in the west, arrived for the conference, veteran Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, the most powerful figure in eastern Libya is also attending the conference, according to Reuters.

 

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