Parliament Speaker Arrives in Cairo for Talks with US and Egyptian Officials over Libyan Crisis

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On Sunday, Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh has shortly arrived in Cairo to hold a series of regional and international meetings aimed to find a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis.

Parliamentary sources said that the visit’s program will include meetings with the US Ambassador to Egypt, Jonathan Cohen, and Egyptian senior officials to discuss Libyan developments.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, said on Tuesday that Egypt is keen to help its Libyan brothers to find a comprehensive political solution to the crisis in their country. This solution would restore stability and undermine the impact of terrorist organisations in Libya and neighbouring states.

The Head of the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Committee at the Libyan Parliament, Yusuf Al-Aqouri, held virtual discussions with a US delegation led by National Security Council Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Major General Miguel Correa and Ambassador Richard Norland.

The talks tackled ways to support stability in Libya, reach a permanent ceasefire, find a demilitarised solution for Sirte and al-Jufra, and reopen Libya’s oil sector with full transparency.

Libya is suffering a severe division between two factions; the Libyan Parliament and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in the east against the Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al-Sarraj. The latter is internationally recognised but is not accepted by the Libyan Parliament.

Hundreds were killed in continuous battles between the LNA and the forces of the GNA, over the past year.