Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during his meeting with the UN Special Envoy to Libya Jan Kubis, in Cairo on Wednesday (Photo courtesy of Foreign Affairs Ministry)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s support for the efforts made by UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Libya Jan Kubis to reach a political solution to the Libyan crisis in a meeting between the two officials on Wednesday in Cairo.
In a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry, Shoukry voiced support for Kubis’ mission to reach a political solution that would serve the interests of the Libyan people and their legitimate goals by achieving stability and prosperity in Libya.
Kubis briefed Shoukry on the outcome of the former’s recent contact with the parties involved in the Libyan crisis, the statement read.
The UN envoy also voiced appreciation for Egypt’s role in supporting the settlement in Libya and expressed his aspiration to continue coordination with Cairo in this regard.
This settlement should preserve Libya’s unity and ensure the dismissal of mercenaries and foreign troops from the country, the statement said.
The settlement should also protect the resources of the Libyan people and their national institutions and meet their aspirations for stability and progress, the statement added.
Shoukry highlighted the need for adherence to the outcome of the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and the election entitlements in accordance with the agreed upon timeframe.
The LPDF seeks to pave the way for the legislative and presidential elections in Libya scheduled for December.
The Egyptian FM also called for stopping destructive foreign interference that fuels division in Libya.
Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s support for Libya's 5+5 Joint Military Commission, which is concerned with unifying the security and military institutions in Libya.
Slovakia's Kubis, who served as the UN's special representative for Iraq and coordinator for Lebanon, recently took office as the new UN envoy for Libya.
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, and a fair distribution of wealth between various regions within the country.
Last month, Libya's parliament voted to back the unity government led by interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh. The government was selected through a UN-supported process by Libyan delegates.
The Egyptian foreign ministry welcomed the confidence vote, saying Egypt seeks to work with the Libyan Government of National Unity during the interim stage to implement the political roadmap.