Egypt’s FM meets UN envoy over political settlement for Libyan crisis
U.N. representative Bernardino Leon

CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs met with U.N. representative Bernardino Leon Friday to discuss a political settlement for the Libyan crisis, Youm7 reported.

Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Libya assured Shoukry that he intends to visit Egypt in the upcoming days to continue discussions; the meeting came on the sidelines of the 25th session of the African Union summit in Johannesburg.

“The international community’s position should be objective and supportive to Libya’s legitimacy,” Shoukri said, emphasizing that the Libyan government should be dealt with as the only legitimate representative for the Libyan people.

In a separate development, Egypt’s diplomatic chief negated there are disagreements among African countries on the Egyptian proposals to resolve the Libyan crisis, Shoukry told Youm7.

It was reported that Algeria opposed interference in the Libyan situation, while Egypt requested “countering terrorist groups” in its western neighbor.

Shoukry requested the proposals of internationally recognized government of Libya in the final statement of the summit. The proposals include abolishing the disarmament imposed on Libya, designating the western and eastern Libya’s militias as “terrorist groups” and arming the Libyan army.

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