Egypt’s Foreign Minister and UN Chief Discuss Cairo-Sponsored Initiative for Political Settlement in Libya


On Saturday, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry contacted United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Fakih — in addition to a number of his Arab and African counterparts, including, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Niger, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan — to discuss the Libyan political initiative, which was launched on Saturday in Cairo under the auspices of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The peace initiative was signed in the attendance of Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh and Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar during their visit to Egypt.

During the calls, Egypt’s top diplomat expressed his country’s keenness to coordinate with the countries concerned with the situation in Libya, affirming that Egypt will continue to cooperate with friendly countries to reach a political solution in light of the newly-launched initiative and in accordance with the resolutions made during the Berlin Conference.

Earlier on Saturday, Egyptian President al-Sisi announced an initiative for a political settlement in Libya following talks in Cairo with Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar and Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh.

The Cairo Declaration seeks to reach a ceasefire between warring Libyan parties starting from June 8. Then it hopes to lead to the UN-supervised election of a Libyan presidential council and the drafting of a constitutional declaration to regulate elections for the later stage, Sisi explained in a joint press conference with the Libyan leaders.