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Egyptian FM Emphasizes Preventing Foreign Interference in Libya’s Political Process

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Tuesday underlined the importance of stopping foreign interference in Libya’s political process.

In a meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Abdoulaye Bathily that aimed at finding out ways to push the political process in Libya forward, Shoukry called on all relevant parties to support Libyans in reaching a consensus, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The two diplomats agreed on reaching a consensus over the political process that could ensure running Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections and expelling foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya within a specific timeframe.

Shoukry also reviewed the progress of reaching a constitutional frame to pave the way for presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya during UN-brokered meetings held in Egypt.

Bathily praised Egypt for its efforts to address the Libyan crisis and host meetings for the Libyan political factions to reach a constitutional frame for its elections.

“The solution is in Libyans’ hands,” said the UN envoy, calling on all Libyan parties to show flexibility over the few remaining issues regarding the country’s constitutional framework.

Libya failed to hold general elections in December 2021 as previously scheduled due to disagreements over election laws among the Libyan parties.

Ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid escalating violence and political division.