Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry traveled on Tuesday to Germany to attend the Second Berlin Conference, a new round of peace talks on Libya, which is slated for Wednesday.
Shoukry will affirm, during the United Nations-backed event, Cairo's "steadfast" stance aiming for protecting Libya’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, as well as fulfilling aspirations of the Libyan people for a better future, said Ahmed Hafez, the foreign ministry's spokesman.
He will reiterate support for the Libyan-led comprehensive political process to end the conflict in the North African country.
The top diplomat will also call for the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the Libyan territories and holding the general elections on December 24 as scheduled, Hafez said.
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 in the country.
The meeting is due to witness the participation of Libya's interim government, which is guiding the country until legislative elections are held in December.
The first round of Berlin talks called for the formation of the interim authority, ending the foreign intervention in the country, and pushing for a political settlement.
In a critical step towards unifying the nation, various delegates from Libya's warring factions selected earlier this year a new unified interim executive authority comprising four leaders to guide the oil-rich country through to the elections.