Sisi and Putin on November 19, 2015, Egypt and Russia signed an initial agreement under which Russia will build and finance Egypt’s first nuclear power plant in the city of Dabaa – Press photo
CAIRO – 8 June 2020: Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi discussed the latest updates of the Libyan crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call, Monday.
Presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady said that Sisi asserted Egypt's fixed and known stance regarding the Libyan case, which was embodied by the "Cairo Declaration" initiative which falls in line with the international efforts to resolve the conflict.
"The declaration also aligns with the goals of preserving the Libyan national institutions and undermining the illegal foreign interventions in the Libyan affairs, which contribute to fueling the crisis and deepening its effect on the Middle East security," Rady said.
Putin praised the Cairo Declaration during the call as well as its timing and framework, which presents an integrated and constructive proposal to settle the crisis, and establishes Egypt's role as a basic pillar of security and stability in the Middle East.
The two presidents also discussed several files of mutual concern, including the agreement on a comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation between the two sides, Dabaa nuclear plant project, the Russian Industrial Zone at the axis of the Suez Canal, as well as joint cooperation in the field of security and counter-terrorism.
A lot of countries have praised the Cairo declaration on Libya announced by President Sisi on June 6, to push for a ceasefire in the war-torn country.
British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly said on Sunday that the UK welcomes efforts by Egypt to encourage eastern Libyan leaders to support a ceasefire, but this must have a UN backing.
In a press release, the British Embassy in Cairo said that the Libyan National Army and the Government of National Accord need to engage urgently in the UN’s 5+5 talks, adding that this is the only path to an inclusive solution for the Libyan crisis.
Meanwhile, the Russian Embassy in Cairo welcomed efforts aimed at settling the conflict in Libya.
In a statement, the embassy said that the Egypt-led initiative is a step towards a comprehensive solution to the Libyan crisis that aims to achieve an immediate ceasefire, disband armed militias and pull foreign fighters out of the Libyan territory.
“We welcome all efforts aimed at settling the conflict and restoring peace in all the Libyan territory.”
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on June 7 also hailed the Cairo Declaration on the Libyan crisis, saying it is consistent with the relevant international efforts.
CAIRO - 6 June 2020: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced Cairo's plan for a ceasefire in Libya, beginning June 8, after a tripartite meeting with the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar and Speaker of Libyan Parliament Aqela Saleh on Saturday.