Egypt’s Foreign Minister Warns Against Illegal Foreign Interference in Libya


On Thursday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held a telephone conversation with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio, during which they discussed the latest updates of the Libyan crises.

During the talks, the two top diplomats warned against the consequences of illegal foreign interference and the influx of foreign fighters to the North African country.

Shoukry and Di Maio reviewed regional issues, particularly the latest developments in Libya that pose threats to stability in the region, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

Shoukry asserted the necessity of backing efforts to reach a comprehensive and permanent solution for the conflict based on the Cairo Declaration and Berlin process.

He also briefed his Italian counterpart on the details of the meeting held between President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi and Libyan tribal leaders.

They praised the close ties between Cairo and Rome, hoping to strengthen cooperation in all fields.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister held another call with European High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, during which they discussed boosting cooperation and regional developments by focusing on developments in Libya.

During the call, Shoukry expressed his country’s desire to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Libyan crisis as soon as possible, which could preserve its stability, sovereignty and independence, Hafez said in a statement.

Allowing foreign fighters and mercenaries into Libya should be immediately stopped, Shoukry stressed.

He also briefed Borrel on a meeting held between President El-Sisi with Libyan tribal leaders.

The meeting was held under the theme “Egypt and Libya one people …one destiny” aimed at implementing the free will of the Libyan people for a better future.