Libyan military spokesperson Ahmed al-Mesmary - Reuters
CAIRO – 9 December 2017: Cairo hosted the fourth meeting of the Libyan military delegation in charge of reorganizing the Libyan armed forces, taking place between December 6 and 9. The main points agreed upon are achieving national reconciliation and building a modern civil democratic state.
Delegation members stressed the importance of the military institution’s unity to combat terrorism and to prevent any foreign intervention in the country’s internal affairs to preserve the state’s sovereignty.
Delegates also called on the international community to back the national military’s efforts without attempting to impose any selective ideology upon it. They also called for the Libyan people to support unification endeavors and for the media to stick to professional and ethical norms, refraining from propagating fragmentation among the Libyan people.
They concluded by expressing their appreciation for Egypt’s continuous support to reinstate stability in the country. The next meeting will include discussions over precise mechanisms to reorganize the military institutions in Libya.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi stressed the importance of preserving the territorial unity of Libya, said the Minister of Finance Osama Hamad of the Libyan Government of National Accord in a press statement on Saturday.
Sisi met with Hamad on Friday at the 2017 Africa Forum which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh. During their meeting, Sisi stressed that Libya should work on preserving its stability, expressing Egypt’s support for Libya given the social historical relations that the two countries share.
Libya has been plagued by civil war since the assassination of late Libyan President Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, incurring the formation of many extremist militant groups which include local and foreign militants and the rise of trafficking and illegal trade.