Egypt welcomes Libya’s new government
Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni - REUTERS

CAIRO: Egypt welcomed Wednesday the formation of Libya’s new government, headed by Abdullah al-Thinni, after it won the confidence of the House of Representatives, and stressed its intention to cooperate with the new government in its efforts to meet current challenges in Libya.

“The formation of the Libyan government is a positive step towards achieving political stability and restoring peace and security in the country,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty stated Wednesday.

The Libyan House of Representatives approved Monday the 13-minister government of Prime Minister Thinni, Reuters reported.

Thinni failed Sunday to get the parliament’s approval, so he reshuffled his minister line-up, which is scheduled to swear in on Sunday, the Libyan parliament spokesperson Farag Bu Hashim told Egyptian state-owned MENA.

Forming the new government came amid a deteriorating security situation; Libya is currently being rocked by sectarian fighting and violence in its major cities between different militias.

Abdel Atty announced in another statement Wednesday that Egypt participated Tuesday in the African Peace and Security Council meeting on Libya in the sidelines of the meetings of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in a speech that Egyptian efforts with the concerned bodies focused on unity of Libyan institutions to reach a national dialogue between all conflicting parties.

Cairo hosted a conference on Libya and its neighboring countries Aug. 25, which included representatives from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad and Niger. The outcome of the meeting called for collecting arms and weapons from Libyan militias, reaching a cease-fire agreement between the conflicting groups, drafting a new constitution, conducting inclusive dialogue and the recognition of the legitimacy of the new Libyan Parliament.

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