CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met his Italian Counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni in Cairo Sunday and discussed the Libyan crisis and ways to enhance bilateral relations, according to the ministry’s website.
The meeting came before the tripartite meeting between Egypt, Italy and Algeria over the current situation in Libya.
The two ministers discussed possible ways to reach an agreement on loan swaps between both countries along with the current cooperation in oil and gas sectors, said official spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Badr Abdel Atty.
“Libya crisis was on the top of the regional and international issues discussed by the two ministers besides the development of the security and political circumstances along with the best ways to regain peace and stability, focusing on countering terrorism,” Atty said.
In presence of representatives of international parties, Libya’s neighboring states and the conflicting tribes, the two ministers also discussed preparations for Berlin meeting over Libya’s crisis, scheduled for 10 June.
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.
“The ministers tackled the importance of the continued support to UN special representative, Bernardino Leon, to reach an accepted, balanced political solution reflects the Libyan people’s will. They also discussed ways bilateral efforts to combat the illegal immigration and human trafficking,” said Atty.