Sisi, Algerian president agree on necessity of holding Libya's delayed elections

Ahram Online , Tuesday 25 Jan 2022

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune agreed on Tuesday on the importance of holding Libya’s delayed parliamentary and presidential elections.

Sisi, Algerian

In a joint press conference following their talks in Cairo, El-Sisi said they also agreed on the necessity of the exit of mercenaries and foreign troops from Libya for the return of stability in the country. 

The statements come as uncertainty continues to loom over the future of national elections in Libya as a United Nation backed peace process, which saw parliamentary elections scheduled for December 24, collapsed over disagreements related to the eligibility of several main candidates.

On Monday, a Libyan parliament committee tasked with drafting the country’s political path after planned elections failed set at least nine months to prepare for a new election to eliminate chances of fraud and ensure security.

During their talks, El-Sisi and Tebboune also discussed the Palestinian cause and efforts exerted to preserve the rights of Palestinian people and their aspirations towards an independent state. 

They also tackled the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis, and agreed on the necessity of reaching a legally binding accord on the dam and the importance of preserving Egypt’s water rights. 

The talks saw consensus over the importance of bolstering joint efforts and close coordination towards ongoing developments in their geographical scope as a main pillar to preserve the national Arab and African security. 

The two sides have highlighted the strategic partnership between Egypt and Algeria as part of efforts to combat terrorism and all forms of organized crime at a regional level, particularly through military and information cooperation and coordination in the Sahel region.

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