Egypt and Bahrain Voice Support for Consensual Political Solution in Libya


On Saturday, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held talks with his Bahraini counterpart Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, who started a visit to Cairo earlier in the day.

During the talks, Shoukry and Al-Zayani agreed on the necessity to preserve the ceasefire initiative in Libya, which calls for electing a new presidential council.

The two top diplomats affirmed their support for a political solution that preserves the sovereignty and unity of Libya, and confronts terrorism as well as destructive foreign interference, according to a communique issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

During the meeting, both Egyptian and Bahraini ministers welcomed any initiative that achieves a comprehensive and just peace for the Palestinian cause, if and only it is based on international legitimate resolutions and the principle of the two-state solution. This solution would also put an end to the Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories.

The ministers also touched on the two countries’ views as regards to key regional and international issues and challenges.

On August 21, both the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Sarraj and the Speaker of Parliament Ageela Saleh, issued statements announcing a ceasefire and ceasing all military operations throughout Libya.

The statements were welcomed by several Arab and foreign countries, as a first step for the departure of all mercenaries from Libya. Both Libyan leaders called for the demilitarisation of the oil-rich areas of Sirte and Al-Jufra. The GNA also called for holding Presidential and Parliamentary elections in March.