Libyan ambassador to Cairo says what happened to Egyptians in Libya is ‘painful’
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By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: What happened to Egyptians in Libya aims to create tension and destabilize Libya, Libyan Ambassador to Cairo Mohamed Fayez Gebrel said in a Sunday interview with Al-Mehwar Channel.

Those who committed such crimes based in terrorism are from outside Libya, Fayez claimed.

Relations between Libya and Egypt have been tense over the past couple of months after Libyan militants seized seven Egyptian diplomats in Tripoli in January. The act was allegedly a response to the arrest of a Libyan militia figure by Egyptian authorities.

On Feb. 24, seven Egyptians were found dead on a beach in Benghazi, and most of those killed were Christians. Libya has yet to identify those responsible.

Fayez said those who committed such crimes against Egyptians, specifically Christians, aims to dismember Libyan and Egyptian relations.

“What happened is painful,” he added, clarifying that such actions want to portray that Libya is targeting Egyptian Christians.

“There are lots of churches in Libya,” Fayez added.

A meeting with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Sunday focused on the topic of securing Egyptians in Libya following the repeated actions of violence against them.

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