Sisi, Putin agree on intensifying efforts, coordination to settle Libya crisis

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Dec 2021

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed on Saturday on the importance of intensifying efforts and mutual coordination to settle the Libyan crisis and help the Libyan people achieve a better future.

El-Sisi and Putin
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin

 

Speaking over the phone, the two leaders stressed the necessity of "combating and undermining armed militias and terrorist organisations, and put an end to illegal foreign interference in Libyan affairs," a statement by Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

El-Sisi stressed to Putin that Egypt will continue its efforts to bring the views of the Libyan parties closer so Libya can "overcome the current transitional phase and activate the free will of the brotherly Libyan people to choose their leaders and representatives."

Saturday's call comes as Libya’s long-awaited presidential elections, originally set for Friday, were postponed. Organisers have suggested a new date of 24 January, but no official decision has been made.

Earlier this year, Libya elected an executive authority to rule the country until elections, originally secluded this month, are held.

The poll, the culmination of a United Nations-led process agreed upon to end 10 years of turmoil that have wracked Libya following the ouster and killing of president Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, was delayed due to disagreements over the legal basis for the vote given procedural delays.

Egypt, which shares a 1,200 km border with Libya, has been diligently working to help restore security and stability in the neighbouring country.

El-Sisi expressed Cairo's aspiration to deepen Egyptian-Russian ties at all levels, highlighting key projects between both countries, most notably Egypt’s Dabaa nuclear power plant and the Russian Industrial Zone in the Suez Canal.

The Egyptian president said such projects firm up the comprehensive strategic partnership between Egypt and Russia and promote friendship ties and bilateral cooperation in the interest of the two peoples.

President Putin said his country is keen to develop relations with Egypt under the framework of partnership and strategic cooperation, according to the statement.

Russian nuclear energy corporation Rosatom is implementing the Dabaa plant in Matrouh governorate, in the north of Egypt, under an agreement signed between Egypt and Russia in 2015. The plant is expected to begin producing power in 2026.

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