Libyan-Egyptian FMs Discuss Crisis

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On Monday, the Foreign Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Mohamed Siala, received a telephone call from his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. They discussed the Libyan crisis and ways of enhancing stability in the North African country.

The Spokesman for the GNA’s Foreign Ministry, Mohamed Al-Qiblawi, said that Shoukry had praised Libyan hospitality during the Egyptian delegation’s visit to Tripoli on Sunday. He said that he hoped that the visit will be a serious step in strengthening cooperation between the two parties.

The Egyptian delegation included the Undersecretary of the General Intelligence Service, the Deputy Foreign Minister, and several security officials.

They held a meeting with a number of Libyan officials, including the Minister of the Interior Fathi Bashagha to discuss common security challenges, and ways to enhance security cooperation between the two countries.

They also discussed ways to support the ceasefire agreement and the 5+5 Joint Military Commission’s findings. This is in order to support international efforts on political dialogue to end the conflict.

“The Egyptian delegation promised the Libyan side they would reopen the embassy in Tripoli as soon as possible. They also agreed on the need to develop urgent solutions to resume Libyan flights to Cairo,” said Al-Qiblawi.

“The meetings were fruitful and constructive, during which we reviewed ways to strengthen joint security and intelligence in a way that preserves the interests of the two countries, and the region from the threat of terrorism and organised crime,” Bashagha tweeted. He described relations with Cairo as “very important.”