Merkel and Sisi Agree on Combining Efforts to Reach Solution to Libyan Conflict – Al Marsad

In a telephone call with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reaffirmed his country’s support for efforts to combat terrorism and extremist militias that threaten not only Libya, but the entire Middle East and the Mediterranean region.

[Libya, 20 December 2019] – The official Spokesperson for the Egyptian Presidency Bassam Rady said that Chancellor Merkel affirmed her keenness to exchange viewpoints with President Sisi on the latest developments in Libya to reach solutions that would end the crisis in the north African country in light of Egypt’s active role in the region, as well as its presidency of the African Union.

“The two leaders agreed on the necessity of combining efforts to end the Libyan crisis via a comprehensive solution,” the statement of the Egyptian Presidency added.

According to the Media Bureau of the Spokesperson for the Egyptian Presidency,  President Sisi stressed the necessity of limiting illegitimate intervention in Libya’s affairs.

It should be recalled in this context that President Sisi has warned, on the sidelines of Egypt’s third edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) that was held earlier this week in Sharm el-Sheikh, against attempts to control Libya by unnamed parties. Observers have interpreted the Egyptian President’s warning referring directly to Turkey which has concluded a security and military cooperation pact with Tripoli’s Government of National Accord (GNA) on 27 November, and it also comes at the backdrop of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement of his willingness to deploy Turkish forces in Libya if the Government of National Accord (GNA) asked them to do so.

President Sisi vowed in the WYF symposium, “we will not allow anyone to believe that they can control Libya. Interference in Libya by foreign countries has delayed a solution for years.”

© Al Marsad English (2019)