Sisi to assert necessity of foreign troop exit from Libya at Paris conference: Presidential spokesperson

MENA , Thursday 11 Nov 2021

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will assert the necessity of supporting Libya’s December elections, as well as withdrawing foreign troops and mercenaries from the country during his participation in the international Paris conference on Libya, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said on Thursday.

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
File Photo Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi taken on 28 October, 2021. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidential spokesman Facebook page.

The conference is set to kick off on Friday.

In statements to the press delegation accompanying President El-Sisi during his current visit to Paris, the spokesman said the Paris conference is considered an important part of the international action to handle the Libyan crisis that has been ongoing since 2012, adding that several steps have been made including the Sukhairat agreement, the Libyan roadmap, Berlin Conference and Cairo Declaration.

He pointed out that the Libyan crisis is passing through a very critical phase.

Radi said the Paris conference comes at a time when the Libyan elections, due on 24 December, are approaching and there is a pressing need to back the Libyan people in order to provide a secure process to achieve political stability and security.

Such a phase could not have been reached without the red lines announced by President El-Sisi which helped in restoring balance and calm to Libya to pave the way for the polls, he noted.

These elections will be the focus of the talks among participants in the conference sessions on Friday, he added.

The Paris conference on Libya will focus on means of supporting the electoral process, the exit of foreign troops and mercenaries from the country, the fair distribution of wealth and maintaining the rights of the Libyan people, maintaining the oil wealth of the country, enhancing societal peace as well the reconstruction and development process, Radi said.

On the implementation mechanisms reached during Paris conference, Radi noted that the participating leaders will focus on guaranteeing the relevant UN Security Council decisions on Libya and forcing out the foreign troops and mercenaries.

He also reiterated that the conference is a step forward on the road to a political settlement in Libya.

The spokesman said the conference involved President El-Sisi, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Italian premier and the UN envoy to Libya.

He said President El-Sisi's speech at the inaugural session of the conference will shed the light on the pillars of the Egyptian situation regarding the peaceful settlement in Libya.

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