Egypt, Russia see eye to eye on need for consensus among Libyan parties toward elections

The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, has stressed that Egypt will continue efforts to communicate with the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) to achieve consensus on the constitutional basis for elections to end of the transitional period and lead the country to simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections.

In a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Shoukry stressed the need to preserve the legal frameworks represented by the Libyan institutions, the Skhirat Agreement, and the subsequent Libyan-Libyan agreements, calling for abstaining from dealing with institutions whose mandate had expired after failing to assume their responsibilities.

The Egyptian FM indicated that efforts were made to coordinate between the members of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission to unify the military institution and prevent the return of military conflicts.

He stressed the importance of this mediation as being done within the framework of a Libyan-Libyan consensus, reiterating that Egypt and Libya have shared borders, mutual interests, and thus Cairo’s efforts lie in preserving national security and eliminating terrorism in cooperation with all regional and international partners.

Shoukry pointed out that he discussed with his Russian counterpart Lavrov the situation in Libya and its efforts that lead to the end of the presence of foreign forces and militias, and restores the capabilities of the Libyan people.

Meanwhile, Lavrov said that he hailed Egypt’s efforts to organize the Libyan-Libyan dialogue on its territory, as well as to set the ground for a comprehensive settlement of the Libyan crisis.


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