The General Command of the forces affiliated with the retired Libyan brigade, Khalifa Haftar, stated that he met in Benghazi, the head of Egyptian intelligence, Major General Abbas Kamel, as part of an unannounced visit made by the latter to Libya yesterday, Thursday.
Libyan media affiliated with Haftar said that Kamel referred during the meeting to the importance of Haftar’s forces in securing the upcoming benefits, especially the general elections scheduled for December 24. Read also After ditching in the east, what prompted Egypt to enter Libya from the west? National Interest: Can a Constitutional Monarchy Benefit Libya? 3 million Egyptian workers participate in the reconstruction of Libya
The two sides discussed the coordination mechanism for activating all agreements concluded between the two countries, and coordination for Dabaiba’s upcoming visit to Cairo, to complete what was agreed upon in all fields.
In a related context, the US State Department said that Secretary Anthony Blinken discussed in a telephone conversation with his Libyan counterpart, Najla Al-Manqoush, the upcoming second Berlin conference on Libya.
The ministry added – in a statement – that the two ministers stressed the importance of ensuring that elections are held in Libya next December, and that there is a need for the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, including the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.
Blinken also affirmed the United States’ commitment to intensifying its diplomatic engagement within international efforts to achieve further progress in the Libyan file.
In another context, the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, discussed during his visit to Rome with his Italian counterpart Roberto Fico the developments of the situation in Libya and the region and the progress of the political process.
The two sides stressed the need to hold general elections in Libya on their scheduled date at the end of this year, and the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives praised Italy’s role in supporting a political solution and achieving security and stability in the country.
In January 2020, Berlin hosted a conference in which countries and international and regional organizations participated, to contribute to resolving the Libyan conflict.
The outcomes of the conference stressed the need to respect the arms embargo and push the Libyan warring parties to reach a complete ceasefire.
For months, Libya – the oil-rich country – has witnessed a political breakthrough; On March 16, an elected transitional authority comprising a unity government and a presidential council assumed its duties to lead the country to parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24.
For several years, the country suffered from an armed conflict. With the support of Arab and Western countries, mercenaries and foreign fighters, the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar fought the former internationally recognized Government of National Accord.