UAE says Egypt initiative for Libya boosts peace track

Reuters , Monday 8 Jun 2020

UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash (Photo: Reuters)

The United Arab Emirates supports a new Egyptian peace initiative for Libya as a move towards a ceasefire and political solution, a senior official said on Monday.

The UAE, Egypt and Russia back the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the east of the country, led by commander Khalifa Haftar.

"With the support of the United States National Security Council for the Egyptian initiative, Arab and international momentum for an immediate ceasefire, a withdrawal of foreign forces and a return to the political track is strengthened," minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

Libya has had no stable central authority since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown by NATO-backed rebels in 2011 and has been split since 2014 between rival administrations in its east and west.

The internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), backed by Turkey, is based in the west of the country.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a new initiative for Libya on Saturday which proposes an elected leadership council and a ceasefire starting on Monday.

Standing alongside the Egyptian president as the initiative was announced, Haftar agreed to the political initiative.

Gargash said the international community cannot accept that fighting continues, adding that a comprehensive political solution is needed for all Libyan parties to the conflict.

The United States National Security council on Sunday tweeted that it was encouraged by Egypt's plan. 

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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