FM warns Egyptians against traveling to Libya
Badr Abdel-Atti - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said the ministry is holding a meeting on Wednesday with security leaders to discuss how to protect Egyptians in Libya, Youm7 reported.

Atty told the Al-Hayat channel that the ministry is discussing plans to protect Egyptians in Libya due to the security situation. He also warned Egyptians against traveling to Libya.

Atty said that the ministry has established hotlines to receive complaints from Egyptians in Libya: 00218927392009 and 00218913221416. He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs communicates with Libyan authorities regularly to monitor the situation of Egyptians there.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy made several phone calls on Tuesday with his Libyan counterpart about the deteriorating situation in Libya, according to the ministry’s Facebook page.

He made calls to Libya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Abdel Aziz, along with Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mongi Hamidi, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramadan al-Amamra, and Saudi Arabian Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud al-Faisal to discuss the security and political situations in Libya as clashes continue.

Political tensions have increased after the Libyan government accused renegade general Khalifia Haftar of planning a coup, the BBC reported. It’s almost as violent in Tripoli as it was during the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gadhafi, The Washington Times reported analysts saying.

Additional reporting by Abdel Wehab al-Gindy.

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