Sisi, Macron discuss latest developments in Libyan file by phone

File Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris (Photo: Reuters)CAIRO - 31 May 2020: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Saturday a phone call from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, where they discussed the latest international and regional developments, topped by the Libyan crisis.During the call, Macron stressed the importance of exchanging views with Sisi on the Libyan file, due to Egypt's vital regional role, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.For his side, Sisi reiterated Egypt's unshakable stance towards the Libyan crisis, stating the importance of restoring the Libyan national institutions, ending the widespread chaos caused by militias and terror gangs, and making the fight against terrorism a top priority.He also called for stopping the foreign interference into the Libyan affairs, which led to the destabilization of the war-torn country.The both leaders agreed on boosting coordination in this regard in the coming period, and the significance of reaching a political settlement, paving the way for restoring peace and security.Meanwhile, both leaders also discussed boosting the bilateral ties between the two countries in several fields.Libya has drawn in regional and global powers with what the United Nations has called a huge influx of weapons and fighters in violation of an arms embargo.Recently, according to Reuters, the GNA has with extensive Turkish backing pushed Haftar back from his foothold in southern Tripoli and from some other parts of the northwest.However, on 23 May, Haftar announced in a two-minute speech that his forces will continue fighting forces loosely allied with the GNA in Tripoli, saying they "will fight and fight'' against what he called "Turkish colonialism.''

Source:Libya Today

May 31, 2020 13:30 UTC

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