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FM meets with Ghassan Salamé ahead of the Munich Security Conference

Sunday، 18 February 2018 - 11:07 AM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on February 16, 2018, with the UN Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salamé on the sidelines of his participation in the Munich Security Conference.

The Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, stated that the meeting dealt with the latest developments on the Libyan scene, as well as the efforts to settle the crisis. For his part, Minister Shoukry expressed his concern over the unstable security situation in a number of Libyan cities and the impact of such insecurity on the political process, in addition to the attempts by some foreign parties to smuggle arms into the Libyan territories in contravention of UN resolutions, which undermines stability in favor of terrorist groups. Shoukry stressed Egypt's support for the UN efforts in this regard, and underscored the importance of supporting these efforts by all the regional and international parties, while the definitive solution must stem from the will and consensus of the Libyan people in all its sects and elements.

Abu Zeid added that the UN envoy acquainted Minister Shoukry with the integrality of the results of his contacts with all the Libyan parties, including Libya's efforts to amend the Skhirat Agreement and the voter registration procedures in preparation for the upcoming elections with an increase of one million voters, referring to the next important step due, namely enacting the elections law. In addition, the UN Envoy reviewed the steps he intends to undertake during the next phase, with a view to appeasing the situation in Libya and preparing the political arena for holding the elections. He also expressed his aspiration to Egypt's support for his role through the country’s close and direct contacts with the Libyan file stakeholders.

Further, Shoukry outlined the need to complete the existing efforts in order to converge the views of the different parties so as to reach a unified national vision on the future of Libya. In this context, the Foreign Minister reviewed the latest developments with regards to the Egyptian efforts aimed at unifying the Libyan military institution to be able to undertake its duties in restoring security and stability and eradicating terrorism. Shoukry also reiterated Egypt's deep concern over the growing terrorist threat, especially with the return of Daesh terrorists from Syria and Iraq who attempt to take refuge into Libya and the Sahel region, thus threatening the security and stability of the entire region.

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