It is critical that Libya conducts its elections on time: Foreign minister

Ahram Onine , Monday 15 Nov 2021

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s stance on the importance of holding the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections on time in December in a meeting with Vice President of the Libyan Presidential Council Musa Al-Kuni in Cairo on Monday.

Sameh Shoukry
Vice-President of Libyan Presidential Council Musa Al-Kuni and Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in their meeting on Monday in Cairo (Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, FM Shoukry stated that the elections were a critical step towards completing the political roadmap approved by the Libyan people in a manner that prevents Libya from descending into vicious cycles of insecurity and political instability

Shoukry also told Al-Kuni that Cairo will spare no effort to fulfill the well-deserved aspirations of the Libyan people for a secure and prosperous state that rejects all forms of illegal foreign presence and exercises its sovereignty over its entire territory through structurally sound and coherent Libyan national institutions.

The two officials also discussed and hailed the outcomes of the Paris Conference on Libya, which was held last Friday in Paris, as well as the latest developments in Libya itself.

Furthermore, the Egyptian minister discussed with the Libyan official the inevitability of the departure of all foreign forces, as well as mercenaries and foreign fighters, from Libya, as they are considered the main obstacle to reaching a comprehensive political solution to the Libyan crisis according to the international community.

The meeting between the two officials comes 24 hours before the race for the presidential elections is set to begin.

Incidentally, former Libyan president Muammar Al-Qaddafi’s son, Seif Al-Islam Al-Qaddafi, has re-emerged from after a prolonged absence from the political scene and declared his candidacy on Sunday.

According to news reports, Commander Khalifa Haftar is going to present the documents for his candidacy to the presidency officially on Tuesday.

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