Egypt - Turkey contacts to contain Libyan development

Egypt - Turkey contacts to contain Libyan development

September 01, 2022 - 15:46
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Written By: MohamedAhmed

‘Al-Araby Al-Jadeed’ website quoted an anonymous Egyptian diplomat as saying that "Cairo is considering sending new invitation to the Speaker of Libyan Parliament, Agila Saleh, and the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, to hold consultations again in Cairo, in order to push for the political solution to the Libyan crisis and reach consensus on the constitutional basis for elections.

Another Egyptian official revealed to the same website by saying, "The past hours witnessed high-level security contacts between Egypt and Turkey to discuss ways to contain the situation in Libya and prevent the flare up of new war."

He said, "His country is aware of the sensitivity of the current stage, in light of the internal crisis it is facing at the economic level, which means that it will not be able to withstand any uncalculated developments in Libya," according to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed stated that an informed Egyptian diplomat who is familiar with the work of the National Committee on the Libyan file denied reports of Cairo's involvement in supporting the head of the parallel government, Fathi Bashagha and pushing him to attack the capital, Tripoli.

He pointed out that Cairo adhered to the general line that was agreed upon by the active Western powers in the Libyan scene, in addition to the United States and Turkey.

The diplomat added, "There was a proposal to form a "salvation government" to administer the country, until conditions are prepared and elections are held before the end of this year, but this was pre-empted by local and international parties trying to jump over this perception, which has gained initial international support," as he put it.

Another Egyptian diplomat revealed to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the only party on which Bashagha relies is France, which still insists on working in unharmonious manner with international powers.

The diplomat attributed this to what he described as the recent decline of Paris’ influence in the Libyan scene, in favor of other European parties, led by Turkey and Italy. ‘France's support for Bashagha is aimed at securing wider grounds for its interests in case the scene is rearranged," he added.