Saleh & Haftar to Discuss Egyptian-Turkish Meetings in Cairo

Saleh & Haftar to Discuss Egyptian-Turkish Meetings in Cairo
Saleh & Haftar to Discuss Egyptian-Turkish Meetings in Cairo

The General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh are due to visit Egypt, Libyan and Egyptian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The sources added that Cairo will conduct a series of contacts to inform those concerned about the results of Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry’s recent visit to Turkey.

These contacts will be held “within the framework of coordination and consultation between the Egyptian authorities, and the authorities in the eastern region of Libya.” The sources did not specify the timing of these meetings.

Khaled Al-Mishri, Head of the Libyan High Council of State (HCS), discussed with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu the latest local and international political developments.

During a meeting held in Istanbul, the two sides also discussed “ways to make the Libyan electoral process a success, and to agree on the laws and legislation regulating it.”

On Friday, Shoukry said that Turkey has shown an understanding of the importance of the Libyan issue and its impact on Egypt’s national security.

“This in itself is a good gesture,” Shoukry said in a televised interview after concluding a one-day visit to Ankara to complete the normalization of relations between Egypt and Turkey, after a decade of tensions.

“There is a consensus between us about what we hope for regarding Libya, including having a stable and unified Libya with full sovereignty over its lands, removing the foreign influences from it, and working on a new stage of achieving stability for the region and inside Libya,” Shoukry stated.

The FM affirmed that Turkey has interests in Libya, which should not have a negative impact on Egypt.
Shoukry added that Egyptian-Turkish relations can have a positive impact on Libya.

On Thursday, Çavuşoğlu said Turkey and Egypt are planning to enhance cooperation to ensure stability in Libya.

“Ankara and Cairo will cooperate more closely regarding Libya,” Çavuşoğlu said at a joint press conference with visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister in Ankara.

“In our meeting today, we (saw) that our views are not essentially very different, but that we think differently on some methods,” he added.

“The two countries will work on a roadmap to hold elections in Libya, and training and reinforcing a unified military between forces in the East and West of Libya,” he said.