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Sisi stresses importance of pushing towards political settlement in Libya after vote of confidence in interim government

Last week, Libya's parliament voted to back the unity government led by interim PM Dbeibeh

Ahram Online , Saturday 13 Mar 2021
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
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According to an official statement by the president, El-Sisi called Mohammed Al-Menfi, the Chairman of Libya’s Presidential Council, to congratulate him for the formation of the new executive power in the country and for the vote of confidence in the new unity government led by Interim Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbeibeh.
 
He affirmed the necessity of building upon positive steps towards political settlement in Libya.
 
Al-Menfi expressed appreciation towards Egyptian efforts towards restoring security and stability as well as achieving development in Libya under the the two countries’ historic relations.
 
He also affirmed the new executive power’s keenness on continuing the bolstering of ties between Egypt and Libya to achieve the best interests of both countries.
 
Last week, Libya's parliament voted to back the unity government led by interim PM Dbeibeh.
 
The parliament approved PM Dbeibeh's cabinet by 132 votes to two against, during a session in the city of Sirte.
 
Last month, Egypt welcomed the outcome of a UN-sponsored voting that led to the selection of a Libyan interim government, with the hope of ending a decade-long civil war - in the North African country - through planned national elections scheduled for 24 December. 
 
Cairo said it was looking forward to working with the interim government in the upcoming period, until the transfer of power to an elected government can take place.
 
In February, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received newly designated PM Dbeibeh in Cairo. 
 
Dbeibeh, who visited Cairo in his first official foreign visit since assuming office, expressed his country’s appreciation for the recent Egyptian efforts in resolving the crisis, saying that the efforts have resulted in converging the different Libyan points of view. 
 
Egypt has been pushing for a political settlement in Libya for years, calling for a ceasefire, a complete disarming of militias, an end to foreign intervention in the country as well as a fair distribution of wealth between various regions within the country. 
 
In June, Egypt proposed a peace initiative dubbed the Cairo Declaration, which was based on the conclusion of an earlier Berlin conference.
 
The Cairo Declaration proposed a ceasefire and the election of a new leadership council.
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