Egyptian FM to meet Libyan parliament delegation
Ashour Bourashed, Libya's delegate to the Arab League, looks on during Monday's emergency meeting. (AFP/File)
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A delegation from the Libyan parliament is set to meet with Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry on Sunday. The meeting will discuss the ongoing situation in Libya and seek political solutions between the different parties of the dispute.
The delegation arrived in Cairo on Saturday and is headed by Mohamed Shoeib, first deputy to the speaker of the Libyan parliament.
Political analyst Kamel Abdullah told Daily News Egypt that it is too early to predict the outcome of the meeting. However, the delegation is seeking more support from Egypt to strengthen its position against the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).
"Egypt is known for its supportive stance of the commander of Libyan armed forces, Khalifa Haftar. This delegation will seek Egypt's support to empower in Libya," Abdullah concluded.
Internationally, Haftar is considered a potential threat to the GNA, despite claiming that he supports the interim government. His actions reflect that he is acting alone, which may bring about a civil war.
The debates over the political situation in Libya have increased over the past months, without reaching any solutions.
There are several meetings that will reportedly take place in Egypt regarding the Libyan situation, to avoid any divisive attempts in Libya that may lead to a civil war.
Member of parliament Ayman Seif Al-Nasr said that the meeting will discuss the ongoing turmoil in Libya, to help resolve the current political distress in Libya, given Egypt's important role regionally.
Meanwhile, 23 Egyptian workers were reportedly kidnapped in Libya early on Sunday on their way to the Egyptian-Libyan border, according to a Libyan news outlet that cited eyewitnesses.
The Egyptian workers were reportedly taken to an unknown location without knowing the identity of their kidnappers.
The unrest in Libya has increased over the past few years following the downfall of former president Muammar Gaddafi, as has the the number of militants.