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Libyan High Council of State agrees to meet with Libyan House of Representatives delegation in Cairo

Ahram Online , Thursday 16 Feb 2017
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Right), Army Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazi (Middle), during a meeting with Libya's High Council of State Secund Deputy President Mohamed Amazab in Cairo (Photo :Ahram)
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Members of Libya's High Council of State have agreed to meet a delegation from the Libyan House of Representatives in Cairo as part of talks hosted by Egypt to reach a political settlement to the Libyan civil conflict, according to Egypt's army spokesman.

Egypt's Army Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazi, who is mediating talks between Libyan factions, received on Thursday the delegation from Libya's High Council of State with the attendance of Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry. 

The Libyan High Council of State is an advisory body formed under the terms of the UN-brokered Skhirat agreement of 2015.

Talks were held on Monday and Tuesday between the chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayaz Al-Sarraj, who is based in the capital Tripoli in the west of the country and is recognised by the UN as the country's president, and Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar and Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh, who both represent the House of Representatives in eastern Libya's Tobruk.

Attendants of the meeting expressed their appreciation for the Egyptian role to reach a solution to the Libyan crisis, calling on Libya's House of Representatives to make use of this opportunity to save the situation in the country. 

Over the past months, Cairo has held meetings with different Libyan political factions, where Egypt has stressed the need for a political consensus to end the crisis in the country.

In December, Egyptian officials and representatives from multiple Libyan factions issued a declaration of principles and five proposed amendments to the Skhirat agreement during a meeting in Cairo.

The December conference concluded by underscoring four main principles to be respected in Libya's transition: the preservation of a united Libyan territory, support for national institutions, non-interference by foreign bodies, and the maintaining of a civil state.

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