Egyptian FM: Our support for consensus on constitutional basis for Libya elections ongoing
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has reaffirmed that Egypt will continue efforts to communicate with the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) to achieve consensus on the constitutional basis for elections to end of the transitional period and lead the country to simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections.
In a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Shoukry stressed the need to preserve the legal frameworks represented by the Libyan institutions, the Skhirat Agreement, and the subsequent Libyan-Libyan agreements, calling for abstaining from dealing with institutions whose mandate had expired after failing to assume their responsibilities.
Shoukry indicated that efforts were made to coordinate between the members of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission to unify the military institution and prevent the return of military conflicts, stressing the importance of this mediation as being done within the framework of a Libyan-Libyan consensus.
He also reiterated that Egypt and Libya have shared borders, mutual interests, and thus Cairo's efforts lie in preserving national security and eliminating terrorism in cooperation with all regional and international partners.
Shoukry pointed out that he discussed with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov the situation in Libya and Egypt's efforts in Libya that lead to the end of the presence of foreign forces and militias, and restores the capabilities of the Libyan people, while Lavrov said that he hailed Egypt's efforts to organize the Libyan-Libyan dialogue on its territory, as well as to set the ground for a comprehensive settlement of Libyan crises.