Egyptian and French FMs Stress Need to Halt Negative Interventions in Libya

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On Thursday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on the sidelines of a quadripartite ministerial conference in Amman, tackling the latest developments in Libya and Palestine.

The meeting was also attended by the foreign ministers of Jordan, Germany, and the European Union’s representative.

The two ministers also discussed developments in a number of regional issues.

In this regard, Shoukry reviewed the efforts made by Egypt to achieve political and security stability in Libya, stressing the need for joint action to stop negative interference that destabilizes security and stability in the Arab country.

During the meeting, Le Drian called on the two Libyan warring parties to respect the ceasefire agreement, engage in an effective political dialogue, and stressed the importance of implementing a transparent and fair distribution of oil revenues.

Shoukry and Le Drian also agreed to advance peace efforts in a way that contributes to reaching a comprehensive and just settlement for the Palestinian issue, based on the principle of the two-state solution and within the framework of international legitimacy decisions.

Oil-rich Libya has been mired in chaos since the ouster and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. It now has two rival authorities and a multitude of militias vying for control of the country.

The country’s internationally recognised government is based in Tripoli, while Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, is supported by a parallel administration based in the east.