Egypt’s Head of General Intelligence Service (GIS), Abbas Kamel, on Saturday held a meeting with Commander of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF), Khalifa Haftar, in Benghazi.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed security files of common interest. Kamel stressed Egypt’s support to the 5+5 joint military commission talks’ outcomes and the permanent Libyan ceasefire.
The GIS chief also met with the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) Speaker, Aguila Saleh, and several other members of parliament. During the meeting, Kamel emphasised Egyptian support to the UN efforts aimed at reaching a political settlement to the Libyan crisis, and maintaining a ceasefire in the country. The two sides also tackled ways to boost bilateral relations in the upcoming period.
In Early December, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and French President Emmanuel Macron stressed that coming to a political solution is the only way to achieve stability and security in Libya. Both leaders agreed on the need to dismantle militias in Libya and remove mercenaries which are present in the country.
Last week, UN Security Council called for all mercenaries and foreign fighters to leave Libya, as the fighting between the rival militias continues.
All 15 Security Council members called for the “withdrawal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya in line with the ceasefire agreement reached by the Libyan parties on 23 October, the commitments of the participants of the Berlin Conference, and the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.”
Libya has been wracked by violence and chaos since the toppling and killing of dictator Muammar Qadhafi in 2011.