Egypt’s Shoukry discusses Libya with French foreign minister

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Mar 2017

Shoukry and Ayrault
File Photo: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (center) listens as his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry (right) speaks during a press conference following their meeting in Cairo, on March 9, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed the latest developments in Libya with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in a telephone call Thursday morning, according to an official statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

Shoukry discussed with Ayrault the importance of the international community’s commitment to supporting a political solution in war-torn Libya.

The two spoke about the latest round of meetings of Libyan political rivals hosted in Cairo recently to help reach a political solution to the civil conflict.

The foreign ministers also spoke about the latest security tensions witnessed in Tripoli and other Libyan cities between militias and Libyan national authorities like the Libyan Presidential Council and the National Libyan Army, which Shoukry says are the sole legitimate authorities tasked with the protection of vital institutions.

Shoukry also expressed his relief over how stability was restored in the Libyan oil crescent region by the Libyan National Army, leading the Libyan National Oil Corporation to continue production and export of oil for the sake of the Libyan people.

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