Egypt welcomes Libyan parliament's measures following appointment of new prime minister

Ahram Online , Friday 11 Feb 2022

Egypt on Thursday valued Libya’s House of Representatives measures in consultation with the High Council of State, following its decision to appoint former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha as a prime minister in accordance with the Skhirat Agreement.

Fathi Bashagha
File Photo: Libya s new premier and former interior minister Fathi Bashagha leaves following his meeting with eastern military chief Khalifa Haftar in the eastern city of Benghazi taken on December 21, 2021. AFP

“The Libyan House of Representatives is an elected legislative body representing the Libyan people and is entrusted with enacting laws, granting legitimacy to the executive authority and exercising its oversight role over it,” the Egyptian foreign ministry said, adding that Egypt is closely following the recent developments in the neighbouring country.

According to the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez, Egypt continues to communicate with all Libyan parties with the aim of "bringing their views closer to ensure the safeguarding of the country’s security and stability as well as meeting the aspirations of the Libyan people."

Libya's House of Representatives, based in Libya's east, "unanimously approved Fathi Bashagha to head the government," a challenge to interim premier Abdulhamid Dbeibah's administration, who vowed not give up power only to an elected governemnt.

Hafez said that Egypt supports the comprehensive national reconciliation efforts as well as the unification of Libyan institutions.

The spokesman added that Egypt continues to support the efforts of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee that aims to implement the outcomes of the Paris summit, the Berlin process, and Security Council resolutions regarding the exit of all foreign fighters from Libya without exception and within a specific time frame.

Hafez also expressed Egypt's confidence in the ability of the new Libyan government to achieve these goals in a manner that preserves Libya’s unity and sovereignty over its territory and achieves its security, in addition to controlling the internal situation to prepare for the upcoming elections.  

“Egypt calls on all Libyan institutions, national forces and social components to uphold the country's supreme interest, rely on the voice of reason and maintain internal stability, and not be drawn into reliance on violence or force to spoil the current political efforts,” the foreign ministry said in its statement.

Egypt believes that the course of settling the Libyan crisis remains in the hands of the Libyan people alone without outside interfere, the statement added.

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