CAIRO: Egypt condemned a “contemptible” terrorist attack that targeted its embassy in Libya, saying it hurts “historical relations and blood ties” between both countries, stated Badr Abdel Atty, the foreign ministry’s spokesperson.
A car bomb exploded early Thursday morning near the headquarters of the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli with no injuries reported.
“The attack is a flagrant violation to international laws, norms and inviolability of diplomatic missions,” added Abdel Attorney
Another explosion occurred Thursday at the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Libya, following a number of bombings during the past two days.
Libya has struggled with security issues in the past few months due to prolonged conflict between two Islamist militias.
“These contemptible terrorist and criminal acts intend to harm the aspirations of Libyan people for freedom, stability and security and to undermine the state-building process in Libya,” said Abdel Atty.
In September, a new Libyan government was sworn in despite the ongoing conflict between the militias; the re-shuffled government was seen by some as a positive step toward achieving political stability in the country.
However, the new government and the interim parliament were forced to make the city of Tobruk their headquarters instead of Tripoli due to safety concerns.
Egypt, along with Libya’s neighbors, adopted an initiative to find a solution for the Libyan crisis in a conference hosted in Cairo Aug. 24. Collecting arms and weapons from Libyan militias, reaching a cease-fire agreement and conducting inclusive dialogue between Libyan parties among the top goals announced at the meeting.
Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said in a Cairo press conference in October that there would be no national dialogue with any group that rejects the legitimacy of the Parliament and government.
Egypt called on the international community to “adopt a decisive strategy against extremists,” during a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly between the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other top officials at the U.N. General Assembly.
Thousands of Egyptians have fled ongoing violence in Libya over the last few months following warnings from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Algeria has opened its border with Libya for Egyptian nationals to flee the violence.