Shoukry in Lon­don to dis­cuss Libya, as re­stric­tions on il­le­gal trav­el­ling con­tinue

For­eign af­fairs min­is­ters of United States (US), France, Italy, and United Arab of Emi­rates (UAE) will at­tend the meet­ing

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Sarah El-Sheikh

Egypt’s Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Sameh Shoukry headed to Lon­don on Wed­nes­day to par­tic­i­pate in Sixth min­is­te­rial meet­ing to dis­cuss Libyan cri­sis, ac­cord­ing to min­istry’s spokesper­son Ahmed Abu Ziad.

For­eign af­fairs min­is­ters of United States (US), France, Italy, United Arab of Emi­rates (UAE), and United Na­tions en­voy to Libya will at­tend the meet­ing.

The aim of the meet­ing is to dis­cuss the vi­sion of UN en­voy to Libya, Ghas­san Salama, re­gard­ing re­cent up­dates in Libya, and to re­view the re­sults of the con­sul­ta­tions con­ducted by him with the var­i­ous Libyan par­ties, as well as the re­cent re­gional and in­ter­na­tional con­tacts.

On Tues­day, Shoukry met with his Libyan coun­ter­part, Mo­hamed Ta­her Siala, on the side­lines of the min­is­te­rial meet­ing of the Arab League, to dis­cuss bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and other is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the min­is­ters re­viewed dur­ing lat­est po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity up­dates of Libyan cri­sis. Shoukry and Siala also dis­cussed prepa­ra­tions of the up­com­ing min­is­te­rial meet­ing that will be hosted in Lon­don in 14 Septem­ber to dis­cuss Libyan is­sue.

Libyan min­is­ter praised at the be­gin­ning of the meet­ing, the Egyp­tian diplo­matic ef­forts of var­i­ous lev­els to help the Libyans to achieve na­tional con­sen­sus, he fur­ther ex­pressed his as­pi­ra­tion for ad­di­tional co­or­di­na­tion with Egypt re­gard­ing find­ing pos­si­ble so­lu­tion for the sit­u­a­tion in Libya and ef­forts to con­front ter­ror­ism.

The two sides have fur­ther dis­cussed out­comes of the Forth Meet­ing of the African Union High-Level Com­mit­tee on Libya, that was re­cently held in Braz­zav­ille the cap­i­tal of Congo. The out­comes in­cluded form­ing a com­mit­tee of par­lia­ment and state coun­cil mem­bers to amend Al-Sokhairat agree­ment that aimed at reach­ing con­sen­sus for­mu­las to cre­ate po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment to pre­serve the unity of Libyan ter­ri­tory and sup­port its in­sti­tu­tions.

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Shoukry con­firmed the ne­ces­sity of pre­serv­ing the tri­par­tite co­op­er­a­tion of Libya, Al­ge­ria, and Egypt to re­solve the Libyan cri­sis, through the con­tin­ual co­or­di­na­tion.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, the min­istry of for­eign af­fairs re­leased a state­ment warn­ing of the con­tin­ual of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion to Libya due to the cur­rent con­di­tions there, and also called on Egyp­tian cit­i­zens re­sid­ing in Libya to avoid the ar­eas of ten­sion and clashes.

The min­istry also called on the cit­i­zens to not fol­low bro­kers who as­sist in the il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion process to Libya, as they are al­ways leav­ing peo­ple in deserts, harm­ing their lives.

Early in March, Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi con­firmed dur­ing his press con­fer­ence with Ger­man chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel the Egyp­tian ef­forts to sup­port Libya, as it wants to reach a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion in Libya and pre­serve its ter­ri­to­rial safety with­out di­vi­sion, not­ing that the Egyp­tian ef­forts did not fail, but rather re­quire more work.

Egypt made progress re­gard­ing the Libyan sit­u­a­tion as it at­tended meet­ings with a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant high-level Libyan fig­ures, aim­ing to reach pos­si­ble so­lu­tions for the Libyan con­flict.

In Fe­bru­ary, Shoukry at­tended a tri­par­tite meet­ing with Al­ge­ria and Tu­nisia to con­tinue dis­cus­sions over Libya’s sit­u­a­tion and fur­ther steps to ac­ti­vate the Tu­nisian ini­tia­tive to re­solve the Libyan cri­sis through the co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion of the three coun­tries.

Egypt has ac­tively sought a so­lu­tion to the Libyan tur­moil over the past few months, which has in­creased over the past few years fol­low­ing the down­fall of Muam­mar Gaddafi, as mil­i­tants have taken over sev­eral ar­eas in Libya.

Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Sameh Shoukry

Shoukry con­firms ne­ces­sity of tri­par­tite co­op­er­a­tion among Libya, Al­ge­ria, and Egypt to re­solve Libyan cri­sis

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