Speaker of Libyan Parliament Aguila Saleh Issa - REUTERS
CAIRO - 31 October 2020: Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh arrived in Cairo coming from the Maltese capital, Valletta, to meet with a number of officials on a quick visit.
A Libyan diplomatic source told Egypt Today that the Libyan Parliament Speaker’s visit will touch upon the latest developments in the Libyan crisis, especially the field developments and the political situation in the country, explaining that the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunisia is one of the most prominent files for discussion during Saleh's visit.
The Libyan Speaker of Parliament is accompanied during his visit to Cairo by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the Libyan government, Abdel-Hadi Al-Hawaij, and the Libyan Deputy Prime Minister, Abdel Salam Al-Badri.
On Friday, Saleh held a meeting with the ambassadors of the European Union countries to Malta, with the coordination and presence of the Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Evarest Bartolo, at the headquarters of the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Media Office of the Libyan Parliament indicated that during the meeting, the file of reinvestment was discussed, with a main focus on the importance of security and stability in Libya.
On the other hand, the Libyan Joint Military Committee (5 + 5) is preparing, next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, to hold the fifth round of talks, for the first time in Libya in the city of Ghadames.
The Committee will discuss mechanisms for implementing the permanent ceasefire agreement, including the formation of sub-committees, and mechanisms for monitoring and verifying the implementation of the ceasefire.
This round of talks comes after the permanent ceasefire agreement was signed between the two delegations of the Military Committee at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in the presence of the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, Stephanie Williams on October 23.
This agreement came as a result of the continuous efforts led by the Egyptian state to reduce tension inside the Libyan territories and achieve peace and security for the Libyan people.
The Cairo meetings in Hurghada and the six military meetings that were held in Cairo during the years 2017 and 2018 paved the way for the signing of the ceasefire agreement in the Swiss city of Geneva.
"Egypt welcomed the permanent ceasefire agreement in Libya," said Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Hafez in a statement.
“The success achieved today came as a continuation of the first face-to-face meeting hosted by Egypt in Hurghada late September,” Hafez said, urging the countries involved in the Libyan affairs to contribute to the effort of ensuring the ceasefire.
Libya has suffered a severe division between two factions; the Libyan Parliament and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in the east; and the GNA led by Fayez al-Sarraj. The latter is internationally recognized but is not accepted by the Parliament.
Hundreds were killed in continuous battles between the LNA and the forces of the GNA, over the recent year.
Previously, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with LAAF head, Commander Khalifa Haftar, and Libyan Parliamentary Speaker Aguila Salehin Cairo, to discuss ways to resolve the Libyan crisis. Both Libyan officials emphasized that any initiative to solve the crisis in the war-torn country has to include “the removal of Turkish-backed mercenaries and militias.”
It is worth mentioning that GNA Head Fayez al-Sarraj announced earlier in September his intention to resign by the end of October.
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