Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) meets with Libyan Government of National Accord Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala (L), 8 February 2021 (photo courtesy of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed on Monday to Mohamed Taher Siala, the minister of foreign affairs of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, Egypt's support for a "Libyan-Libyan" negotiated political solution, and readiness to work with the newly elected interim government.
The Egyptian foreign minister “confirmed [to his Libyan counterpart] the fundamentals of the Egyptian stance towards the sisterly neighbour, Libya, to reach a Libyan-Libyan negotiated political solution that preserves its sovereignty and protects the resources of its people,” a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.
The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers at the Arab League (AL) in Cairo, comes days after the UN-led Libyan Political Dialogue Forum chose a new interim prime minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbeibah, and a new head for the country’s Presidential Council, Mohammad Younes Menfi, a step that Egypt has hailed.
The Egyptian foreign ministry expressed to FM Siala Egypt’s readiness to work with the new interim Libyan government until an elected government takes over after the elections, which are scheduled in December.
The Arab foreign ministers tackled during the emergency meeting at the AL means to restore Arabs’ roles in confronting challenges in the region, including the crisis in Libya.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi this week hailed the developments in Libya as “a step in the right direction.”