Egypt FM reiterates call to stop foreign interference in Libya's affairs, withdraw mercenaries

Ahram Online , Friday 17 Feb 2023

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry has reiterated the call to stop foreign interference in Libya's internal affairs and for the withdrawal of all foreign troops and mercenaries from Libyan soil.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry addressing the African Union (AU) High-Level Committee meeting on Libya on Friday, 17 February 2023 (photo: the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


Speaking on behalf of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Friday, Shoukry made his comments while addressing a meeting of the heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) High-Level Committee meeting on Libya.

Shoukry also emphasised the importance of supporting the Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC), which comprises five military officials from the eastern and western sides of the Libyan conflict.

The JMC was one of three tracks in the settlement process that emerged from the Berlin Conference on Libya in mid-January 2020.

The foreign minister pointed to the negative impact of failing to hold the long-awaited Libyan national elections as scheduled in December 2021, saying "frustration increased among the brothers in Libya as a result of the failure of the outgoing unity government to fulfill its obligations."

The Egyptian foreign minister also shed light on Egypt's continued cooperation with the UN mission in Libya to reach a Libyan-Libyan solution in line with the constitutional path to solve the crisis.

Egypt's top diplomat praised "efforts exerted by the Libyan Parliament, the only elected legislative body in Libya and the Supreme Council of State in this regard."

He also reiterated Cairo's rejection of any foreign meddling in Libya's internal affairs or transgression of Libyan institutions in accordance with the reference of the Skhirat Agreement, added the spokesman.

Shoukry urged the African committee to support the holding the presidential and legislative elections in Libya under the supervision of an "impartial executive authority that is far from any personal interests" to help Libyans restore their country's sovereignty and stability.

The foreign minister extended President El-Sisi’s gratitude to the participants of the meeting, as well as for the committee's efforts in supporting of political stability in Libya, noted the spokesman.

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