Egypt says Libyan elections crucial to end crisis

Egypt says Libyan elections crucial to end crisis

Cairo, 05.07. (Prensa Latina) The head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al Menfi, and the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, agreed that holding the elections is the only way to solve the crisis that this country is experiencing today. Nation.

During a phone conversation, both leaders also called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libyan territory, Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

El Sisi confirmed Cairo’s support for Libyan reconciliation efforts aimed at ending internal political strife.

For his part, Al Menfi thanked El Sisi’s efforts to support Libya and recalled the historic ties between the two nations.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Sunday his country was concerned about the crisis there.

Referring to the recent protests in several Libyan cities, he saw this as a sign of popular dissatisfaction.

Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s support for the Libyan national dialogue mediated by the United Nations, while criticizing its failure to meet the terms of the deal to end the dispute.

The presidential election was due to be held in December 2021 but was postponed due to differences between rival factions over the laws governing the process and eligibility of candidates for the highest office.

Cairo has hosted several rounds of talks between the High Council of State based in western Libya and the national parliament based in the east.

Both sides maintain deep differences and support for rival governments, which threatens to fracture the country.

This nation has been on a spiral of violence since the ouster and subsequent assassination of Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011 following a war backed by members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.