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Speech by H.E. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi during joint press conference with Haftar and Saleh on Libyan crisis

Sunday، 07 June 2020 - 12:08 AM

At the very beginning, I would like to thank Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Counselor Aguila Saleh and Chief Commander of the Libyan Armed Forces Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar for coming to Cairo. I also welcome the ambassadors and representatives of countries concerned with the Libyan crisis.

I address my speech today to the entire world, and I sincerely say that these two Libyan leaders have proved, over the course of their meetings in Cairo during the previous days, their firm desire on meeting the will of the Libyan people, which is represented in having stability knows its way again to Libya, and in having the sovereignty and unity and independence of Libya are safeguarded and inviolable by anyone whoever he was. They have proved that they keep in mind the interests of Libya and its people, the Libyan national interest which comes before and above all considerations.

These two leaders have shown responsibility and patriotic attitude that resulted, with the help of Allah, in reaching a joint and comprehensive political initiative meant to put an end to the conflict in Libya. That moment is one of the important moments that I have always looked for in the past years, the moment when an initiative is announced, if everyone’s intentions are sincere and honest, it will be the beginning of a new stage towards the return of normal and safe life to Libya. I am very proud to announce the Libyan initiative from Egypt, which showed sincere movements throughout the past years with the aim of ending the suffering of the Libyan people and restore security and stability to all Libyan territories.

Attendees Gentlemen,

This meeting acquires special importance in light of the recent developments in Libya in addition to the international interactions surrounding the Libyan file. In this context, I would like to stress that the seriousness of the current critical situation in Libya have security repercussions not only inside Libya, but in the neighboring countries, the regional and the international one as well.

What makes us worry during the current period is the practices of some parties in Libya, despite the efforts exerted by many countries concerned with Libyan affairs in the past years to reach an appropriate solution for the crisis. I am interested to warn against insistence of any party on continuation of searching for a military solution.

I also affirm that Egypt is following up closely all field developments in Libya in coordination with the Libyan brothers, and Egypt totally rejects all sorts of escalation that would further complicate the Libyan scene and warn dire consequences in the entire region.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Stability in Libya can not be achieved without drawing a way for peaceful settlement of the crisis. This means should guarantee the unity and integrity of the national institutions to be able to shoulder their responsibilities towards the Libyan people, and allow them, at the same time, to provide a fair and transparent distribution of the Libyan wealth to all citizens, and keep the properties away of the hands of those who use them against the Libyan state.

Out of Egypt’s keenness to achieve the political and security stability of the Libyan state, as the stability of Libya is part and parcel of Egypt's stability, and within the framework of the special relations that join the two countries, the Chief Commander of the Libyan Armed Forces Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Counselor "Aguila Saleh" are invited for a meeting held in Cairo to tackle the latest developments in Libya. All parties welcomed the invitation.

During the meeting, the Libyan leaders agreed on launching the Cairo Declaration including a Libyan-Libyan initiative as a base for solving  the crisis in Libya, which is coping with the framework of United Nations resolutions, previous steps taken in "Paris", "Rome", "Abu Dhabi", and finally in "Berlin".

I would also like to point out that this initiative calls for respecting all efforts and international initiatives by declaring a ceasefire starting from 8/6/2020.

It also obliges all foreign parties to withdraw foreign mercenaries from all Libyan territories, dismantle militias and hand over their weapons, to allow the National Libyan Army (NLA) to cooperate with the security bodies to carry out their military duty and security responsibilities and tasks in the country.

Besides completing the work of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission in Geneva sponsored by the UN. The initiative also includes resolving the crisis through integrated paths on the political, security and economic levels.

I would also like to point out that this initiative calls for respecting all efforts and international initiatives by declaring a ceasefire starting from 8/6/2020.

It also obliges all foreign parties to withdraw foreign mercenaries from all Libyan territories, dismantle militias and hand over their weapons, to allow the National Libyan Army (NLA) to cooperate with the security bodies to carry out their military duty and security responsibilities and tasks in the country.

Besides completing the work of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission in Geneva sponsored by the UN. The initiative also includes resolving the crisis through integrated paths on the political, security and economic levels.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the end of my speech, Egypt looks forward to supporting this constructive step by all countries and regional and international powers to end the Libyan crisis, with the aim of returning Libya to the international community strongly. In the same context, I also call on the United Nations to shoulder its responsibilities concerning inviting representatives of the eastern region, the reconciliation government and all Libyan parties, including representatives of the Libyan political and social forces, to discuss the file at the United Nations headquarters in "Geneva" at a later time to be determined so as to advance the political process again. The discussion should be attended by representatives of the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Arab League (AL), countries neighboring Libya, and all international and regional powers concerned with the Libyan affairs.


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