Egypt’s intelligence chief holds meeting with Haftar, Aguila Saleh in Benghazi

Egypt’s intelligence chief holds meeting with Haftar, Aguila Saleh in Benghazi Sat, Dec. 19, 2020
CAIRO – 19 December 2020: Egypt's Head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel held meetings with general commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar and Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh in Libya’s Benghazi.

Kamel made an official visit to Benghazi to deliver a message of support to the Libyan people from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, at military and political levels, in light of Egypt’s role in backing stability in Libya.

Meeting with Haftar, Kamel has highlighted Egyptian efforts backing the outcome of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission meetings, which helped maintain ceasefire in Libya and resulted in a number of procedures that contributed to achieving stability in terms of the military and security situation.

As he met with Saleh and a number of Parliament members, Kamel affirmed Egypt’s support to paths to achieve a comprehensive settlement to the Libyan crisis, in coordination with the United Nations and the International Community.
They also discussed latest developments of the political solution in the country and reviewed ways to foster the Egyptian-Libyan relations at all levels during the coming period.

Ceasefire call

In August, rival authorities led by Libyan Government of National Accord head Fayez Al-Sarraj and Saleh issued a ceasefire declaration and announced stopping all military operations in all Libyan territories.

Both Libyan leaders called for demilitarize the oil-rich area of Jafa-Sirte. The Libyan government, headed by Sarraj, called for holding Presidential and Parliamentary elections in March, Al-Arabiya reported.

Sisi welcomed the cease-fire initiative, as a way for the departure of all mercenaries in Libya.

“I welcome the statements issued by the Presidential Council and the House of Representatives in Libya to cease fire and stop the military operations in all Libyan territories, as it represents an important step to achieve a political settlement and meet the aspirations of the Libyan people to restore stability and prosperity in Libya and to preserve the capabilities of its people,” President Sisi tweeted.

On the same day, Saleh hailed Sisi’s “brave” stance and efforts that he said aim at achieving stability in Libya.