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Egypt supports political solution in Libya but rejects negotiations with 'terrorist groups'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Apr 2020
Sameh Shoukry
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Egypt supports a political solution in Libya despite the recent tensions in the country, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

On Monday, Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar said he was accepting a "popular mandate" to rule the country, apparently brushing aside the Government of National Accord -- based in Tripoli -- that nominally governs western Libya.

The Egyptian foreign ministry asserted that Egypt was seeking stability in Libya and the unity of its territories.

“At the same time, searching for a political solution does not mean and should not lead to complacency in confronting the terrorist groups supported by Turkey or entering negotiations with these groups concerning the future of Libya,” the ministry said.

Egypt appreciates what the Libyan National Army has achieved in terms of considerable stability in Libya, which led to the decline in the number of terrorist attacks in the country and a decline in the terrorism threat to neighbouring countries, the ministry said. 

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