Egypt, France warn against foreign intervention in Libya: Egyptian foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 May 2020

The two countries’ foreign ministers spoke by phone as part of intensive communications between Egypt and its international partners on developments in Libya

File photo: Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Cairo. (Photo: Ahram Online archive)

Egypt and France both warn against the consequences of foreign intervention in Libya, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read on Tuesday, as Cairo intensifies communication with other countries to stress its rejection of foreign interference in the war-torn country.

According to the Egyptian statement, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss bilateral ties and issues of common interest.

They discussed the latest developments in Libya and the means to reach a comprehensive political reconciliation to restore security and stability and eliminate terrorism.

The two ministers also exchanged viewpoints on developments related to the Palestinian issue, reiterating the necessity of working swiftly to resume peace talks under a two-state framework.

The statement stressed the importance of creating a suitable climate for the resumption of peace negotiations away from any unilateral procedures that would hinder the desired peace and stability.

They also discussed developments related to the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The statement added that the two ministers discussed bilateral ties in various fields, including economic cooperation, and the necessity of continued efforts to increase cooperation between the two countries.

Shoukry and Le Drian agreed on the necessity of close coordination and consultations between Cairo and Paris on all issues of mutual interest in the coming period, the statement said.

The phone call is part of intensive communications between Egypt and its international partners to discuss ongoing developments in Libya after the recent escalation which saw the Government of National Accord (GNA) take significant military action against the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Khalifa Haftar.

Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Monday spoke to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis by phone, the pair stressing their rejection of any foreign interference in Libya.

Last week, Shoukry discussed with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio the importance of reaching a comprehensive agreement in the country.

Egypt, the UAE and Russia are backing Haftar, while Turkey supports the GNA.

El-Sisi said last week that Cairo will never show tolerance for terrorist organisations or the parties supporting them, in remarks on Libya.

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