Egypt's rejection of foreign interference in Libya helps preserve political path: Sisi

Egypt's rejection of foreign interference in Libya helps preserve political path: Sisi

Jan 17, 2021

Cairo (Egypt), January 17: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday that his country's rejection of foreign military interference in Libya and its designation of Libya's Sirte and Jufra as red lines helped preserve the political path of the Libyan crisis.
Sisi's remarks came during his meeting with Adel Abdul-Rahman al-Asoumi, speaker of the Cairo-based Arab Parliament affiliated with the Arab League, said the Egyptian presidency.
Cairo warned in June last year that Sirte and Jufra were red lines for the Egyptian national security, days after it announced a Cairo-led initiative to end the Libyan internal conflict.
The Cairo plan included implementing a cease-fire between Libyan warring parties, disbanding militias, pulling out foreign forces, electing a presidential council representing all Libyans and drafting a constitutional declaration to regulate elections for later stages.
During their meeting, Sisi told the Arab Parliament speaker that united positions would enable Arab states to maintain similar policies to safeguard the Arab national security, according to the presidential statement.
Sisi also expressed support for the Arab Parliament and its role as "an active partner in serving the supreme interests of the Arab nation and strengthening ties between its peoples."
The Arab Parliament speaker praised Sisi's efforts in preserving Arab national security and his rejection of foreign intervention in Libya.
Libya has been locked in a civil war since the ouster and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The situation escalated in 2014, splitting power between two rival governments: the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in the capital Tripoli and another in the northeastern city of Tobruk allied with eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar.
Source: Xinhua