CAIRO – 11 September 2020: Egyptian and French presidents in a phone call on Monday affirmed backing a political solution in the war-torn Libya and agreed on the need to intensify coordination to support Lebanon following its deadly August blast.
During the phone call, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, welcomed all international positive steps aiming to reach political settlement in Libya, including the Cairo Declaration announced earlier by President Sisi, a statement by the Presidency read.
They reiterated support to a political solution to the crisis away from foreign intervention and armed militias.
Concerning Lebanon, they both agreed on the need to enhance coordination to support the Lebanese government and people with all possible means after a deadly blast that rocked the capital last month and to help Lebanon overcome economic and political challenges it faces on the way toward stability, sovereignty and unity.
The deadly blast killed at least 190 people, injured thousands and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.
President Macron has visited Lebanon twice since the incident to promote reform in the Middle Eastern country.
The two leaders also discussed the peace process in the Middle East. They highlighted the need to push international efforts to help resume negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, the statement read.
This comes with the aim of reaching a fair and comprehensive settlement to the crisis, in accordance with international references and in a way that paves the way for stability and prosperity for the people of the region, the statement added.