Egypt, Germany agree on need for solution to Libyan crisis ahead of planned Berlin summit

Menna Alaa El-Din , Tuesday 29 Oct 2019

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi meets with Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas (Photo Courtesy of Egyptian Presidency)

Egypt and Germany agreed to make a concerted mutual effort to generate a comprehensive solution to the Libyan crisis and thus contribute in eliminating terrorism, and given Berlin’s plans to hold a summit of the rival factions later this year. 

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday, according to an Egyptian statement, and the pair discussed a number of regional issues of bilateral interest, including the Libyan and Syrian conflicts.

Both El-Sisi and Maas agreed on the need for a Libyan solution which would conserve the state’s resources and its national institutions, and limit foreign interference.

They also stressed the need to push ahead with a political solution to the Syrian crisis, with El-Sisi emphasising Egypt’s stance supporting a solution in Syria to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of the country.

Maas also met Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during the former’s two-day visit to Egypt.

Cairo was the final destination of Maas’ North African tour, which included stops in Libya and Tunisia.

Egypt has repeatedly reiterated in the necessity of a political resolution for the crisis in Libya, and the rejection of foreign interference.

Haas said during his visit in Libya that he is seeking an end to all "foreign interference" in the country.

Germany is planning to bring together all rival Libyan factions for a comprehensive solution to the extended eight-year conflict.

In April this year, the Libyan National Army’s General Khalifa Haftar began an offensive from eastern Libya to gain control over the capital of Tripoli in the west from the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). 

At least 1,000 people have been killed in the escalated conflict as a result, including around 100 civilians, and 120,000  have been displaced, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

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