Egypt's Sisi discusses latest developments in Libya with new Libyan prime minister
Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Feb 2021
This is the first official foreign visit for the new Libyan prime minister

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed on Thursday the latest developments of the interim period in Libya with newly designated Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbeiba in Cairo, the Egyptian presidency announced.

According to the Egyptian presidency, PM Dbeiba, who is currently on a visit to Cairo, expressed his country’s appreciation for the recent Egyptian efforts to solve the Libyan crisis through different avenues. Dbeiba said these efforts have resulted in converging the different Libyan points of view.

The PM also praised Egypt’s support for Libyan institutions in fighting terrorism and radical groups.

Dbeiba also said that the new Libyan government is looking forward to having a full partnership with Egypt and emulating its successful development experience, especially with regards to restoring security and stability and implementing reform and developments plans.

From his side, President El-Sisi asserted that Egypt is keen to support the Libyan people in enforcing stability and security in their country, and that Egypt is ready to offer its full expertise in helping the people of Libya.

According to the Egyptian presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady, El-Sisi and Dbeiba agreed to exchange visits in order to transfer the expertise to the Libyan government and to continue consultation concerning the areas in Libya where Egypt will provide help, especially the services and security sectors, in addition to economic cooperation.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel also attended the meeting.

This is the first official foreign visit for the new Libyan prime minister.

On Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt is looking into the possibility of reopening its embassy and consulate in Libya following seven years of closure.

He also said that an Egyptian delegation made up of representatives from the foreign ministry and security bodies was sent to Libya earlier this week to explore the possibility of resuming the Egyptian diplomatic presence in the Libyan capital Tripoli as well as the consular presence in Benghazi.

Egypt hosted several UN-sponsored rounds of talks in Hurghada between the different Libyan rival factions in past months, before they chose a new interim government in Geneva two weeks ago.