Egypt’s El-Sisi Shifts His Support To The UN-Backed GNA

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Cairo on Saturday where he reaffirmed his faith in the UN-backed Government of National Accord’s (GNA) ability to achieve political resolve in Libya.

Sisi stated that Egypt supported the GNA’s Presidential Council and called for the United Nations arms embargo on Libya to be lifted so that the official Libyan army is properly equipped to finally eradicate its terrorist threat.

During the meeting, Sarraj expressed his appreciation of Egypt’s continued efforts to establish security, stability and unity in Libya, especially in a time when it is grappling with terrorism.

In addition, Sisi emphasized the importance of establishing a coordinated effort between the two countries in the areas of politics and security in order to stop the spread of terrorism.

While the majority of the talks were about the fight against terrorism, the two leaders also discussed existing political and economic agreements between the two countries.

Sisi stressed the importance of implementing the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) so that the Libyan government could effectively run the country.

On Thursday Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Moussa al-Kawni the Deputy Head of the GNA.

Egypt has previously declared its support of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) and its military wing led by General Khalifa Haftar.

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