'Egypt supports Libya's stability and unity,': Speaker Gebaly in Benghazi

Gamal Essam El-Din , Monday 19 Jun 2023

"I call upon all Libyan forces to settle differences and reach a peaceful solution to achieve the aspirations of the Libyan people," said Speaker of Egypt's House of Representatives Hanafy Gebaly upon his arrival for a two-day visit to the city of Benghazi.

 Hanafi Gebali
Egypt s parliament speaker Hanafi Gebali (Photo: Ahram)


In a speech to the Libyan House of Representatives, Gebaly said "Egypt fully supports reinforcing Libya's stability, security, and national unity."

At a press conference on Monday, Gebaly said he signed with his Libyan counterpart Aguila Saleh a protocol regarding cooperation between the two houses of representatives in the technical, administrative, and financial fields. "The protocol will also allow the two houses to exchange information, expertise, and visits in an organised and orderly fashion," said Gebaly, noting that "in administrative terms, the secretariats of the two houses will exchange expertise in the area of digital transformation."

"Egypt welcomes the efforts of the 6+6 Joint Committee to start preparing election laws for Libya's long-awaited parliamentary and presidential polls... We can't predict the final outcome, but for the time being Libya's House of Representatives holds the power to issue legislation," said Gebaly.

"Egypt's main objective is to see the Libyan people achieving their interests. This will take place in the form of legislation to be passed by the House of Representatives," he added.

Libya's House of Representatives and the High Council of State reached agreement in May to start finalising election laws to hold presidential and parliamentary elections, which have been repeatedly postponed in the last five years.

The 12-member 6+6 Committee was formed in March, comprising an equal number of representatives from Libya's parliament and High Council of State, with the task of formulating legislation to regulate elections.




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