President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj at the presidential palace in Cairo on Sunday to discuss issues of mutual interest.
Sisi stressed that Egypt is keen on resolving the Libyan crisis politically, adding that a political accord is a must to restore order in Libya and to preserve its unity and integrity, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian Presidency Sunday.
The meeting was attended by high-profile leaders from both sides, namely Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Taher, Libyan Minister of Finance Osama Hammad, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Minister of Finance Amr el-Garhy, Egypt’s Intelligence Chief Khalid Fawzy and the Egyptian ambassador to Libya.
Egypt’s Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said that Egypt has welcomed the frequent meetings of the Libyan military commanders in Cairo, he also stressed that Egypt confronts foreign proposals which aim at intervening into Libya’s domestic affairs.
“Sisi and Sarraj tackled means of cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorism and boosting international endeavors for developing a comprehensive strategy against terrorism,” the statement read.
On Friday, Sisi met with Minister of Finance Osama Hamad of the Libyan Government of National Accord, on the sidelines of the 2017 Africa Forum held in Sharm El-Sheikh.
During their meeting, Sisi stressed the importance of preserving the territorial unity of Libya, adding that Libya should work on preserving its stability. President Sisi expressed Egypt’s support of Libya given the social and historical relations that the two countries share.
Shoukry and Sarraj discussed, in a different meeting on Sunday, the political course of the Libyan crisis and Egypt’s keenness to support the Libyan people’s freedom to decide their own future.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zeid said that Egypt welcomes Sarraj’s efforts to promote the political settlement in Libya and to support the UN envoy’s endeavors.