Recent tension in Libya sign of dissatisfaction among people: FM Shoukry

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Jul 2022

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Sunday that the recent tension in Libya is a sign that a big sector of the Libyan people is dissatisfied with the continuous of the crisis there and the suspensions of the political and electoral track.

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (L) and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry during a joint press conference after a meeting in Cairo on Sunday 3 July 2022 (photo: Egyptian Foreign ministry)


Hundreds of protesters took to streets in several Libyan cities on Friday against the political class and deteriorating economic conditions.

The protests came a day after the leaders of the parliament and another legislative chamber based in Tripoli failed to reach an agreement on elections during UN-mediated talks in Geneva.

In a press conference on Sunday with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg following a meeting in Cairo, Shoukry said Egypt supported the UN mediated Libyan national dialogue, which brought together the country's two rival camps, and the decisions made then, but such decisions are now inapplicable after missing the timeframe agreed upon

The timeframe should have been met and respected,” Shoukry told reporters during the conference.

Libya's presidential elections were due to be held in December 2021, but were adjourned over differences between rival factions on laws governing the elections and the eligibility of presidential candidates.

Shoukry also offered assurances that the Libyan Presidential Council and House of Representatives have legitimacy that should be respected.

Egypt's top diplomat said Egypt is exerting great efforts to guarantee a solution to the crisis without military action, noting that the Libyan issue is of concern to Egypt due to the neighbourly relations and the binding ties between both countries.

Cairo has hosted several rounds of the UN talks as well as the Libyan 5+5 military commission meetings meant to restore the unity of the Libyan military institution, shore up the ceasefire across the country and discusses means of the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libyan territory.

Shoukry emphasized the importance of putting all difference aside and withdrawing all foreign fighters, and reach an inter-Libyan consensus that would lead to legislative and presidential elections soon.

Schallenberg agreed with Shoukry saying the latest deterioration in Libya reflect a state of dissatisfaction and disagreement among of the Libyan people, stressing the importance of achieving peace and stability in the oil rich country.

Libya has been wrecked by conflict since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and murdered longtime president Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country has for years been split between rival administrations in the east and west, each supported by different militias and foreign governments.


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