Libya's Presidential Council urges continuation of Egypt’s role in country's reconstruction

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Oct 2021

Vice President of Libya’s Presidential Council Abdullah Al-Lafi called for Egypt's continued role in the reconstruction and development of Libya in a meeting on Saturday with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo.

Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry receives Abdullah Al-Lafi, Vice President of Libya s Presiden
Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry receives Abdullah Al-Lafi, Vice President of Libya s Presidential Council in Cairo, 2 October 2021. Egyptian foreign ministry

Al-Lafi said the Libyan people look forward to the continuation of Egypt's role in light of the country's broad experience and the agreements signed during the 11th round of meetings of the Egyptian-Libyan Joint Higher Committee, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.

Egypt and Libya signed in mid-September 14 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and six executive agreements in several fields in Cairo with the presence of Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbeibah.

This included agreements in which Egypt would construct a third ring road in Tripoli, provide maintenance for Ajdabiya-Jallu highway and design and supply two gas stations in the cities of Derna and Mellita.

Also, Libya’s Organisation for the Development of Administrative Centres and the coalition of Egyptian companies Orascom Construction, Rowad Modern Engineering, and Hassam Allam Holding signed an MoU.

During Saturday’s meeting, FM Shoukry underlined the Egyptian political leadership’s directives to harness all capabilities to help Libya overcome their current challenges.

This requires coordinating efforts on the Libyan file, building on the current progress in the bilateral relations and exchanging visits between the two sides in light of their keenness to boost relations on all levels, Shoukry added.

Al-Lafi hailed the positive progress in bilateral relations between Egypt and Libya, which is based on the historic and popular bonds that unite the two countries.

The top Egyptian diplomat renewed Egypt’s full support to Libya as an independent and fully sovereign state.

Shoukry also affirmed support for Libya’s political roadmap, leading to holding presidential and parliamentary elections as scheduled.

The Egyptian FM said holding Libyan elections is a pivotal step to achieve the desired stability in Libya’s path toward a better future.

Shoukry hailed the Libyan House of Representatives’ efforts that led to the issuance of a law for presidential election earlier and the body’s fulfillment of its responsibilities to complete another law for parliamentary elections with relevant Libyan parties.

Libya’s House said in September it issued a presidential election law but is still working on a separate law for a parliamentary election.

Libya is scheduled to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 December, in accordance with the roadmap drawn up last year by UN-backed Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

In a meeting in Rabat concluded on Friday, delegations from the Libyan House and the High State Council called on the international community to support the planned electoral process based on the dialogue forum by providing international observers.

However, the rival factions have not announced a consensus on parliamentary elections during the two-day-meeting.

On Friday, chair of the Libyan Presidency Council Mohamed Al-Menfi pledged to hold elections on time in December.

During his meeting with Al-Lafi, Shoukry affirmed the need for all foreign troops, mercenaries, and foreign fighters to exit Libyan territories.

Shoukry noted that the presence of these elements prevents Libya from restoring its full sovereignty and affects the security of neighbouring countries.

He also called for providing full support to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission in Libya to  remove all forms of relevant foreign presence in the country.

Al-Lafi extended Libya’s appreciation of Egypt’s supportive role and efforts to achieve stability in the country.

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