Al-Sisi calls for lift­ing arms em­bargo on Libyan Na­tional Army

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Farah Bah­gat

Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi as­serted on Satur­day the im­por­tance of lift­ing the arms em­bargo on the Libyan Na­tional Army, speak­ing dur­ing his meet­ing with the head of the Libyan Na­tional Army, Field Mar­shal Khal­ifa Haf­tar, ac­cord­ing to a press state­ment.

Al-Sisi added that the Libyan Na­tional Army must be uni­fied, con­sid­er­ing it the cor­ner­stone of the so­lu­tion to com­bat ter­ror­ism in Libya.

Haf­tar ex­pressed his gov­ern­ment’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Egypt’s ef­forts in help­ing dif­fer­ent par­ties of the con­flict to reach a so­lu­tion, ad­ding that Egypt is keen on reach­ing sta­bil­ity in Libya.

Al-Sisi also pointed to Egypt’s pur­suit of a politi­cal so­lu­tion to the con­flict.The talks in­cluded the lat­est up­dates in the Libyan sit­u­a­tion, the im­por­tance of di­a­logue be­tween politi­cal pow­ers and com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism, pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Alaa Youssef said in a state­ment.

The United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil im­posed a weapons em­bargo on Libya in Fe­bru­ary 2011.

Haf­tar’s visit fol­lows talks be­tween Al-Sisi and the chair­per­son of the Pres­i­den­tial Coun­cil of Libya and prime min­is­ter of the Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord, Fayez Al-Sar­raj, in March, when Al-Sisi as­serted the need of a politi­cal so­lu­tion in Libya.

In a dif­fer­ent con­text, Saudi civil ser­vice min­is­ter Es­sam bin Saeed met on Satur­day Al-Sisi with an invi­ti­a­tion from Saudi King Sal­man for Al-Sisi to at­tend the Ara­bic Is­lamic Amer­i­can Sum­mit, as part of en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Al-Sisi and Haf­tar as­serted the im­por­tance of a politi­cal so­lu­tion in Libya

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