Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj
CAIRO – 23 September 2017: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Friday with the head of the Libyan National Accord Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72) in New York, a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement read.
Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the meeting was aimed at reviewing the outcome of the six-party ministerial meeting held in London earlier this month on the accord and reconciliation efforts between the different Libyan parties.
The London meeting was attended by the foreign ministers of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh.
Concerning Egyptian, regional and international communications, Shoukry stressed thatsolving the Libyan crisis is a priority, Abu Zeid said in the statement.
Shoukry also praised the UN’s efforts in Libya and cited the importance of implementing the Skhirat Agreement, signed in Morocco in 2015 and mandates the reaching of a peaceful transition of power in Libya and the establishment of a national unity government.
Since the ousting of long-time Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the country has slid into conflict and now has rival governments and parliaments in the west and east.