On Tuesday, the Spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Hafez, expressed Egypt’s appreciation for the relative stability achieved by the Libyan National Army (LNA) in its fight against extremist militias throughout the country.
Hafez reiterated Egypt’s calls for a political solution, to bring an end to the escalating conflict, to achieve stability, and maintain the unity, and territorial integrity of Libya.
The spokesman also confirmed that Egypt’s insistence on reaching a political solution in Libya, did not mean that the war against extremist groups should stop, nor should these groups be allowed to engage in negotiations concerning the future of Libya.
In a televised speech on Monday, the General Commander of the LNA, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced that the LNA would take over the management of state affairs. Haftar expressed his appreciation to the Libyan people for their support of the country’s armed forces in their battle against extremism in Libya.
He also noted that the LNA’s victories to date would not have been possible without the support of the Libyan people, and the many sacrifices made by officers and soldiers for the country’s safety and sovereignty.
The LNA commander then announced that the UN-brokered, Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), that was signed in Skirhat, Morocco, in 2015 had become redundant, and was no longer valid.