Speaker of Libyan Parliament Aguila Saleh Issa - REUTERS
CAIRO – 21 June 2020: The Libyan House of Representative Speaker, Aguila Saleh, said in a statement Sunday that he on behalf of the Libyan people appreciates the speech given Saturday by the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on the Libyan situation.
Aguila appreciated the Egyptian response to the calls of the Libyan House of Representatives in order to end the foreign intervention in Libya and Sisi’s call for a ceasefire to launch a political dialogue that enables the Libyans of protecting their own resources and finding a satisfying resolution for ongoing armed conflict.
The statement urged the United Nations mission in Libya to enforce the decisions made at the Berlin conference on Libya in January, and the Libyan people to unite before the blatant aggression against a country that is a member of the UN.
The statement highlighted the Egyptian role that sought to reach a general consensus between all the warring parties in Libya in order to protect the safety and unity of the Libyan lands without complete impartiality .
Aguila mentioned that Cairo has hosted multiple military and civil meetings to bridge the gaps between all the warring parties in Libya, while other countries played an opposite role by bringing mercenaries and driving wedges between the country’s parties.
Egypt was keen to follow the recommendations made by the UN’s Security Council even when they sound contradictory and against Cairo’s national interests, said Aguila in the statement. He pointed out that Egypt is fully aware of the impact of the Libyan crisis on its national security, as many terrorist militias located in Eastern Libya had announced that they will target the Egyptian state and its citizens.
Aguila stated that those terrorist militias such as ISIS used Libya as a hideout and a location to launch terrorist attacks against Egypt targets, adding that the Libyan government managed to build an army that is capable of facing those terrorist militias which are being funded by foreign states.
The House of Representatives speaker said that Egypt has always had historical ties with Libya and had a major role in building the first Libyan national army in 1940, adding that the Egyptian state should be aware of the plots planned against the Egyptian army and the state by foreigners who target to exploit the water resources of the country.