File Photo: Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita have discussed over the phone the latest developments in the crisis in Libya and the push for a political settlement in the war-torn country, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Monday.
The phone call comes amid ongoing talks hosted by the Moroccan coastal town of Bouznika and attended by the two warring parties in Libya – the eastern-based Libyan Parliament and the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) – for the second day in a row with the target of reaching a political settlement.
Shoukry voiced his appreciation to his Moroccan counterpart for his keenness to continue coordination to end the crisis, the statement said, reiterating Egypt's firm support for the efforts to reach a consensual political solution that maintains Libya's sovereignty and unity.
The solution should achieve the Libyan people's aspirations for security and stability, maintain the country's capabilities and resources, and contribute to confronting all forms of terrorism and extremism and putting an end to "destructive" foreign interference as stipulated in the Cairo Declaration.
Egypt announced an initiative, dubbed the Cairo Declaration, earlier this summer which mandates a Libyan-Libyan resolution as a basis for resolving the country’s conflict, drawing on earlier international efforts, including the Berlin conference.
The two officials also discussed endeavours to stabilise the ceasefire resolution and move forward to reach a comprehensive political settlement.
They also agreed to continue consultations and intensify communications with the UN and African and Arab partners to solve the crisis.
The current talks mediated by Morocco come a few weeks after the two rival parties in the oil-rich country declared a ceasefire and agreed to hold new elections.
The oil-rich country has been split since 2014 between two rival administrations in the east and west with parallel institutions.
The eastern government is represented by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives allied with the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Commander Khalifa Haftar, while the west is represented by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).
Egypt, France, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates back the LNA—which is allied to the Tobruk-based House of Representatives—while the GNA is backed by Qatar, Turkish troops, and thousands of Syrian mercenaries.