French President Emmanuel Macron praised Egypt’s role in resolving the Libyan crisis during a phone call between with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday.
Macron said Paris was keen to continue intensive cooperation with Cairo on Libya, according to a statement by the Egyptian presidency.
Foreign Minister #Sameh_Shokry receives the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Libya Ján Kubiš to discuss developments of the Libyan crisis, in order to reach a political solution that preserves the unity of Libya and the resources of its people.@UNJanKubis pic.twitter.com/TR706gJZyf— Egypt MFA Spokesperson (@MfaEgypt) March 7, 2021
The French president said he appreciated the prominent political weight Egypt holds in the Arab world, Africa and the Mediterranean, and that this had positive repercussions on joint cooperation between the two countries to reach political settlements to existing crises, said Bassam Rady, spokesman for the Egyptian president.
Rady said Macron praised the “vital Egyptian role in resolving the Libyan crisis, and President El-Sisi’s efforts, which strengthened the political track to solve the Libyan issue.”
El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s efforts to support the new temporary executive authority in Libya in various bilateral, regional and international forums. He called for mercenaries to immediately leave Libya and for the halt of foreign interference in Libyan affairs that contribute to fueling the crisis.
The two presidents also agreed on the importance of intensifying joint efforts to combat terrorism in the Sahel region “in addition to the challenge that the phenomenon of terrorism poses to regional security as a whole.”
At the #ACRPS seminar, Mustafa Khushaim analyzes the tumultuous Libyan crisis in the context of the Arab Spring and discusses the impact of foreign interference on the democratic transition in Libya.— Arab Center (@ArabCenter_en) January 23, 2021
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The call also dealt with developments over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The French president said he hoped a solution would be reached between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan that would achieve the interests of all three parties as soon as possible.
They also reviewed the close ties that bind France and Egypt, and ways to strengthen them in various other fields.
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