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Egypt, France FMs welcome Libyan ceasefire, discuss Mideast developments

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry and French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian affirmed in talks over the Palestinian issue the necessity of upholding the goal of a two-state solution

Ahram Online , Monday 24 Aug 2020
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Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry (R) and French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian (L)
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The foreign ministers of Egypt and France discussed several regional issues in a phone call, including developments in Libya, Palestine and Lebanon, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

According to the statement, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian affirmed the necessity of upholding the principle of a two-state solution and the continuation of efforts to achieve a comprehensive and fair solution in the Palestinian cause.

The phone call also addressed developments in the Libyan crisis, where the two ministers welcomed fresh ceasefire announcements by Libya’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and Aguila Saleh, speaker of the rival east-based House of Representatives.

They said they considered the move “an important step” towards achieving a political settlement and the aspirations of the Libyan people in restoring stability and security in the war-torn country.

The ministers also discussed the situation in Lebanon and means to support the country after the deadly blast that killed least 170 people and injured around 6,000 earlier this month. 

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