Sisi offers Libya full support for political resolution of crisis, seeks closer cooperation

Ahram Online , Friday 18 Feb 2022

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that Egypt fully supports the political path in Libya to settle its crisis in his meeting with Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council Mohamed Al-Menfi, the Egyptian Presidency announced on Friday.

Sisi, Libya

The meeting took place on Thursday on the sidelines of the African Union-European Union Summit in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

According to the Egyptian Presidency, El-Sisi also asserted to Al-Menfi that Egypt was keen to boost close cooperation with Libya in the near future.

From his side, the chairman expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s support including efforts led by President El-Sisi to restore the country’s national institutions and unify the Libyan National Army in addition to supporting the current political path in Libya.

During the meeting, El-Sisi and Al-Menfi discussed the latest developments in Libya and efforts to restore security and stability.

The Egyptian President reiterated Egypt’s stances supporting Libya’s territorial unity, stability and security, a unified national army, and ending foreign intervention including the presence of all foreign fighters and mercenaries in the neighbouring country.

Meeting with Tunisian counterpart 

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also met with his Tunisian counterpart Kais Saied on Thursday evening and the two discussed ways to boost cooperation between Egypt and Tunisia as well as regional developments of mutual concern, the Egyptian Presidency said.

According to the Egyptian presidency, El-Sisi stressed Egypt's support for measures taken by Tunisian President Kais Saied in July 2021 and his efforts to overcome all challenges to achieve stability and security in the country and to build a better future for the Tunisian people.

From his side, Saied praised the bilateral relations between the two countries at the official and public levels, as well as Egypt's achievements over the past years at the internal level in the fields of security, stability and development.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is currently participating in the sixth European Union – African Union Summit on 17-18 February, which is held in Brussels.

The EU-AU summit addresses key topics, including climate change, energy and vaccine production and seeks to ensure renewed and deeper partnership between AU and EU based on trust and clear understanding of shared interests.

The EU-AU Summit was established in April 2000, when it was held for the first time in Cairo under the auspices of the Organisation of African Unity (now the AU) and the EU, resulting in a plan of action being adopted.

The summit aims to set political priorities between the two sides and address current and persistent challenges.

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