Bashagha Meets Egyptian Delegation in Tripoli

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On Sunday, the Interior Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, held a meeting with a high-level Egyptian delegation visiting Tripoli.

The Egyptian-Libyan officials discussed “common security challenges and ways to enhance security cooperation between the two friendly countries.” The head of the Libyan intelligence services, Imad Trabelsi, also attended. The Egyptian delegation included the deputy head of the intelligence services and top officials from the foreign and defence ministries.

The meeting also discussed ways to support the ceasefire agreement signed in October between the GNA, and the Libyan National Army (LNA). It also focused on the results of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) talks in Geneva “to support UN efforts to end the current crisis by political and peaceful means.”

Bashagha, who visited Cairo last month, tweeted that the meeting was “fruitful and constructive,” and described relations with Cairo as “very important.” This was the first major visit by senior Egyptian officials to Tripoli since 2014.

The delegation also met with the GNA’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Siala, and promised to reopen the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli “at the earliest opportunity.” The two sides also agreed to take steps towards resuming flights to Cairo.