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Head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service discusses developments in Libya with US diplomats

The officials discussed the continued Egyptian efforts to solve the Libyan crisis, including the meetings held in Hurghada last month under the aegis of the United Nations

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Oct 2020
Abbas Kamel
Egypt’s intelligence chief Major General Abbas Kamel (Al-Ahram)
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The head of Egypt's General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel met on Tuesday with both the US ambassadors to Libya and Egypt to discuss the latest developments in Libya.

The meeting discussed how to support the Libyan factions in order to end the current crisis in the war-torn country, speed up a political solution, unify the Libyan institutions, and resume the exports of oil and distributing its revenues in a fair manner.

The officials also touched upon the continued Egyptian efforts to solve the Libyan crisis, including the meetings held in Hurghada last month under the aegis of the United Nations.

The Red Sea resort city of Hurghada hosted two days of talks last week between delegations representing the Government of the National Accord (GNA) and Libyan National Army (LNA) facilitated by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSML).

According to the UNSML's statement, the talks focused on the military and security aspects as well as the resumption of oil production and export. 

The negotiations saw an agreement between the Libyan parties to work on the release of all prisoners and the protection of the North African country’s oil and gas facilities to completely resume production and export activities.

Tuesday's meeting comes one day after the UN and Germany co-hosted a virtual ministerial meeting to discuss supporting peace efforts in the oil-rich country.

Libya has been divided between two authorities in Tripoli and Tobruk for six years. While the GNA is based in Tripoli, the capital, Khalifa Haftar's LNA controls the east and is allied to the Tobruk-based House of Representatives.

The LNA is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Russia; while the GNA is backed by Turkey, Qatar, and thousands of Syrian mercenaries.

On 22 August, both parties to the conflict declared a ceasefire that ended fears about possible GNA aggression against the port city of Sirte, 370 kilometres east of the capital Tripoli and Jufra, which has a major military airbase.

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