Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi With Haftar (Ahram Online)
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Saturday with Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar in Cairo where the two discussed recent developments in the Libyan situation, a presidential statement read.
The Egyptian president reiterated that Egypt encourages political dialogue to end the Libyan crisis as well as reaching amendments to the Skhirat agreement, which was signed in Morocco in 2015 and mandates the reaching of a peaceful transition of power in Libya and the establishment of a national unity government.
“El-Sisi stressed to Haftar, a figurehead in the east of Libya, the importance of reuniting the Libyan military, which was created 77 years ago by the hands of it’s people from different [Libyan] regions,” the statement added.
The president also affirmed the importance of lifting the arms embargo on the Libyan army, imposed by the United Nations on all factions of Libya in February 2011 citing “violent repression of civilian demonstrators” by former president Muammar Gaddafi.
El-Sisi also pointed to the necessity of stopping the financing of terrorist groups and preventing their supplies of weapons.
For his part, General Haftar expressed his gratitude for Egypt’s role in efforts to end the Libyan crisis and its efforts to reach a settlement for the situation, the statement added.