Egypt’s President Holds Talks With Libyan Eastern Commander Khalifa Haftar In Cairo

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi held talks with Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar in Cairo on Wednesday, reported Anadolu Agency.

According to a report from the Anadolu Agency, Egyptian spy chief Abbas Kamel and Aquila Saleh speaker of the east Libya-based parliament also attended the meeting.

“During the meeting, Sisi was informed of developments in Libya and the efforts of all parties to implement a cease-fire and advance the peace process under the supervision of the UN,” the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

According to Egyptian media, Saleh and Haftar arrived in Cairo on Tuesday on an unannounced visit.

The last time when Sisi met with Haftar and Saleh was in last June when they announced what was known as the Cairo Declaration to solve the Libyan crisis.

Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) is locked in a 16-month long conflict against Turkish-backed forces loyal to the GNA in Tripoli.

While addressing the 75th session of the UN General Assembly via video link on Tuesday, Sisi said Egypt’s interest in upholding international peace and security includes protecting people from the repercussions of the ongoing armed conflict by launching comprehensive political processes based on relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

“It is regrettable that the international community continues to turn a blind eye to a number of states that provide support to terrorists, whether by funds and weapons or by providing a safe haven, political and media platforms to them”, the Egyptian president said. 

Al-Sisi said Egypt will continue to go in line with the political resolution process led by the UN in the country. He ensured that his country will support Libyans to get rid their country of armed militias and terrorist organizations.

He urged both the parties to the Libyan conflict to return to the negotiating table to find a political solution that can bring peace, security, and stability in the war-torn country.

Caroline Finnegan

A professionnal journalist for the past ten years, I cover global news and economic affairs for The Chief Observer.

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