Egypt supports intra-Libyan reconciliation without foreign interference: Deputy FM

Radwa ElSayed Hani , Tuesday 6 Feb 2024

Egypt's Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ambassador Hamdy Loza asserted on Monday Egypt’s full support for reconciliation between Libyan factions without any foreign interference, emphasizing that Libyans must have full ownership of their political process.

The meeting of the African Union High-Level Committee on Libya in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 5 February 2024. Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry


Ambassador Loza made his remarks while leading the Egyptian delegation at the meeting of the African Union High-Level Committee on Libya in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville.

According to the foreign ministry’s statement, Loza underscored Egypt's unwavering stance towards the Libyan crisis, highlighting Cairo's significant keenness to help achieve national reconciliation in Libya.

Furthermore, he reiterated Egypt's firm position advocating for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces, mercenaries, and fighters from Libya in compliance with relevant international resolutions.

Loza also expressed Egypt's appreciation for the efforts of the Libyan House of Representatives, acknowledging its adherence to all necessary legal and constitutional frameworks in preparation for simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.

Concluding, the meeting adopted a joint statement addressing support for the path of the Libyan national reconciliation.

Last week, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Head of Libya's Presidential Council Mohamed Al-Menfi emphasized the urgency of expelling all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.

During a meeting in Cairo, El-Sisi and Al-Menfi stressed the importance of strengthening Libyan institutions so that they can hold elections, meet the aspirations of Libyans, and preserve the country’s resources.

The Libyan elections, which were originally scheduled for December 2021, have been postponed several times due to disagreements between the country’s rival factions.

The country is now split between outgoing Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbeibeh in the west and parliament-appointed Prime Minister Osama Hammad in the east. Hammad is supported by Libyan army commander Khalifa Haftar.

Since the uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been beset by years of conflict involving a myriad of militias, jihadists, and foreign mercenaries.

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