Political, security and economic angles must be considered in resolution to Libyan crisis: Egypt's Sisi at Palermo summit

MENA , Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Nov 2018

Sisi in Palermo
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi attending Mini-Palermo summit about Libya (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Tuesday that any proposal to resolve the Libyan crisis must consider the political, security and economic aspects given the crisis’ complicated nature.

Speaking at a mini-summit on Libya held in Italy’s Palermo, El-Sisi said that proposals have to be in compliance with the Libyan political accord and the UN envoy’s plan, according to presidential spokesman Bassam Rady. 

The Egyptian leader called on all Libyans to shoulder the responsibility of implementing the accord. He also urged the international community to support a settlement in Libya without bias towards any party and that this settlement should ensure that all factions are represented in the state.

El-Sisi also showcased how Egypt has worked to unify the army in Libya, as it believes that any political settlement would need a security infrastructure that would enable the Libyan authorities to secure all the country’s territories and fight terrorism.

The president revealed during the summit that Egypt has reached an agreement with most of the Libyan factions about regulating the Libyan armed forces, expressing hopes that the negotiations will end soon with an agreement to unite the Libyan armed forces.  

He also stressed the importance of fighting terrorism in Libya and preventing the country from being used as a hub for terrorist groups that take advantage of the political vacuum.

El-Sisi also stated that no international or regional party involved in supporting terrorism in Libya should be treated as part of the solution to the country’s crisis.

The summit was attended by officials from Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Italy, Russia, the UN and Libya upon an invitation from Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

President El-Sisi returned to Cairo on Tuesday after taking part in the mini-summit.

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