Egypt, UAE call for immediate ceasefire in Libya, denounce aggression against civilians near Sirte

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jun 2020

Fighters loyal to Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) stand by a rocket launch truck in the town of Tarhouna, about 65 kilometres southeast of the capital Tripoli on June 5, 2020 AFP

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry and his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan called on Wednesday for an immediate ceasefire in Libya, urging all parties to be fully committed to the political reconciliation under the UN supervision based on the Berlin International Conference and the Cairo Declaration, the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

In a telephone call, the two ministers denounced the violence of militant groups supported by foreign powers against civilians, especially near the city of Sirte.

According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, Shoukry and Al Nahyan expressed their concern about the developments in Libya, asserting that the political solution was the only way to end conflict and achieve stability for the Libyan people. 

The Cairo Declaration is a joint political initiative announced by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar, and Libya's Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh in Cairo on Saturday.

The initiative, which was welcomed by Arab and Western countries, aims to resolve the Libyan crisis and end armed conflict in the Arab country.


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