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Egypt's Sisi says comprehensive political reconciliation is only solution to Libya crisis

US Secretary of State Pompeo expressed the US desire to intensify coordination with Egypt over Libya due to Egypt's political weight in the region and experience with the Libyan issue

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Jan 2020
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah (Photo: Reuters)
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A comprehensive political reconciliation is the only solution to Libya's conflict, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said during a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ahead of the awaited Berlin conference on Libya, a statement by the presidency read.

According to the statement, El-Sisi affirmed that a "comprehensive solution that addresses all aspects of the issue through clear and specific political, security, and economic courses of action" is the only means of solving the Libyan crisis.

The solution should include a clearly "formulated mechanism that is met with consensus to implement the clauses for these courses of action."

The statement quoted Pompeo as expressing the US desire to intensify coordination with Egypt over Libya due to Egypt's political weight in the region and experience with the Libyan issue.

Pompeo and El-Sisi agreed on the urgent need for a lasting ceasfire and a return to a UN-facilitated political process," US State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

Pompeo also "emphasised the destabilising impact of foreign interference in Libya."

The meeting also saw discussions on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), where El-Sisi expressed appreciation for the US efforts in sponsoring tripartite talks on the dam with Ethiopia and Sudan, and the continuation of Washington's role towards evolving a comprehensive agreement that preserves Egypt's historical rights to Nile water.

The US Secretary of State affirmed his country's interest and keenness on the success of the negotiations with positive and fair outcomes that secure Egypt's rights as well as those of Ethiopia and Sudan.

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