Sisi arrives in Paris to attend international conference on Libya



Thu, 11 Nov 2021 - 12:57 GMT


Thu, 11 Nov 2021 - 12:57 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi - Reuters

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi - Reuters

CAIRO – 11 November 2021: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived on Thursday in France’s Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Sisi is scheduled to attend an international summit on Libya along with many world leaders in the French capital.

The conference, according to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, will discuss the exit of foreign troops and mercenaries from Libya, a step Egypt has frequently deemed as necessary.

During his visit, Sisi will focus on international solidarity with Libya in the current important situation as it will hold general elections due in December 2021, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement.

Sisi also will shed light on the exit of all foreign forces, mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya.

He will discuss Egypt’s ongoing efforts in this regard at economic, political and security levels, Radi said.

Sisi’s visit program to France includes holding bilateral talks with French President Macron to discuss all aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries.

The President will also meet with a number of world leaders to discuss advancing bilateral cooperation.

He also will hold a series of meetings with senior officials of the French government, in order to discuss ways to advance cooperation in the economic, commercial, investment and military fields between the two sides.

The President's participation comes in response to an invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.

The conference comes while Libya Presidential Council has maintained tensions with the government amid suspension of the foreign minister.

In September, Libya's parliament also passed a no-confidence vote in the Libyan Government of National Unity, which may obstruct the UN-backed peace efforts to hold polls in December.

Egypt has repeatedly affirmed the need for the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya and for elections on 24 December as planned by the UN.



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