Egyptian Sissi discusses developments in Libya with Frenchman Macron during phone call – Politics – Egypt

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi had a phone call on Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron who discussed current developments in Libya, according to a presidential statement.

Presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said in the statement that Macron has stated his willingness to exchange views and visions with El-Sisi in this regard in light of Egypt’s central role in the region.

For his part, El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s coherent strategic position regarding the Libyan crisis, which aims to restore the pillars and institutions of the Libyan nation state, to end the chaos of the spread of criminal groups and terrorist militias and to give absolute priority to the fight against terrorism and the restoration of security and stability.

Egypt’s coherent strategic position on the Libyan crisis also includes, according to El-Sisi, the end of any foreign interference in the internal affairs of Libya which would further aggravate the current situation, which constitutes a threat to the security and stability of the entire Middle East. and Mediterranean region.

The two presidents agreed on the need to intensify bilateral cooperation in this regard in the coming period to find a political solution, in particular by supporting the relevant international efforts as well as by implementing the results of the Berlin process without no outside interference in this regard, noted Rady. .

The phone call also focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation “in light of the increasing level of these relationships in recent times,” the statement said.

The phone call comes as Libya continues to witness a relentless fight against power, with clashes between Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, which have been waging a campaign for more than a year to try to capture the capital, commanded by Khalifa Haftar, and on the other side, the UN government has recognized the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Libya has attracted regional and global powers with what the United Nations has called a huge influx of weapons and combatants in violation of an arms embargo.

Recently, according to Reuters, the GNA has, with broad Turkish support, pushed Haftar out of its grip in southern Tripoli and certain other parts of the northwest.

However, on May 23, Haftar announced in a two-minute speech that his forces would continue to fight weakly allied forces with the GNA in Tripoli, saying that they would “fight and fight” against what he called the “Turkish colonialism”.

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