El-Sisi Meets Aguila Saleh and Khalifa Haftar in Cairo and Stresses Key Importance of December Elections – Al Marsad

The Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR), Chancellor Aguila Saleh, accompanied by the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, yesterday in Cairo. 

Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said that the meeting, which was attended by the head of General Intelligence Directorate (EGID), Abbas Kamel, dealt with the latest developments in Libya in light of the special relationship between Egypt and Libya.

The meeting touched on the well-established Egyptian policy which considers Libya’s political and security stability to be part of Egypt’s stability. President El-Sisi welcomed both Libyan leaders, praising their constant keenness to enforce the will of the Libyan people and preserve their national interests to restore security and stability and preserve the sovereignty and unity of the state.

El-Sisi stressed that Egypt will continue its efforts to coordinate with all Libyans during the coming period, in a way that contributes to ensuring the unity and cohesion of Libyan national institutions, leading to the expected and important Parliamentary and Presidential elections by the end of this year.

The Egyptian President affirmed Egypt’s efforts to prevent foreign interference, which mainly aims to implement its own agendas at the expense of the Libyan people, with the need to remove all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libyan territory.

The Libyan leaders praised Egypt’s efforts in supporting Libya and its people since the outbreak of the crisis until now, within the framework of the extended and fraternal relations linking the two countries and peoples, with deep appreciation to the Egyptian President and people for their standing with Libya in managing the transitional phase.

The leaders added that Egypt supports Libya in the historical responsibility entrusted to it, especially by contributing to the unification of the armed forces, as well as the vital role of transferring the Egyptian development experience to Libya and benefiting from the experience and capabilities of the ancient Egyptian companies in this regard.

The Libyan leaders indicated the consistency of their positions with the Egyptian perspective on managing the transitional phase, especially with regard to the need to ensure holding presidential and legislative elections before the end of this year in parallel with strengthening the security track by obligating foreign parties to expel their members and mercenaries from Libya.

The statement added that this would enable security institutions to carry out their responsibilities and tasks, which would contribute to strengthening efforts to restore security and stability throughout Libya.