CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will meet with his Italian and Algerian counterparts Monday to discuss ways to ease the Libyan crisis, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Aaty.
“We hold talks with different parties; either our neighboring countries or European countries. Italy, Egypt and Algeria are the countries that have been harmed most from the ongoing crisis in Libya” Atty said in a phone call to ON TV.
On May 25, Egypt hosted the Libyan tribes’ conference which was attended by 350-400 tribes’ representatives to discuss the possibility of resolving the crisis peacefully.
“Italy’s stance over the Libyan issues is similar to ours; they favor fighting the extremists, unlike the Algerians who would rather push for a peaceful solution as they fear a potential spread of tension between the Libyan army and the tribes located on the Algerian-Libyan boarders,” he explained.
In February, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has called for a United Nations resolution mandating an international coalition to intervene in Libya after Egyptian air forces simultaneously bombed Islamic State targets in its western neighbor following the beheading of 21 Egyptians.
In his interview with Europe 1 radio aired on Feb. 17, Sisi described the Libyan crisis, which has been on the rise since the 2011 uprising, as “endless.”
Egypt and the international community recognized the Libyan government based in the eastern city of Tobruk after militants, affiliated with the Brotherhood, have seized power in Tripoli.