French-Egyptian FMs Discuss Libyan Crisis

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The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the latest developments of the Libyan crisis with his Egyptian counterpart and other Egyptian officials.

According to a statement made by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Le Drian is scheduled to discuss regional issues of common interest between Egypt and France, especially the Libyan crisis.

During his visit to Cairo, Le Drian will discuss the peace process in the Middle East and developments in the eastern Mediterranean.

The official website of the French Foreign Ministry stated that Le Drian is scheduled to be received by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

Notably, the French President Emanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, discussed on Saturday a number of regional files, mainly the escalating conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

In a statement, the Kremlin said that the two presidents voiced their deep and serious concern over the involvement of extremist fighters from Syria and Libya in the large-scale clashes between ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces in the region.

On his part, Putin briefed Macron on the steps Russia is taking to reach a cessation of hostilities as soon as possible and a resumption of negotiations designed to ensure a political and diplomatic solution.

The interlocutors stressed their determination to continue the mediating efforts of Russia and France, including within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group.