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El Sisi to Merkel: Extremist groups & militias pose a threat to Libya, Middle East & Mediterranean region

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

CAIRO –  Extremist groups and militias pose a threat to Libya and the security and stability of the Middle East and the entire Mediterranean region, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday.

This came during a telephone call which El-Sisi received from Merkel to discuss a number of regional issues, mainly the situation in Libya.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the Egyptian presidency Bassam Radi, “Chancellor Merkel affirmed her keenness to listen to the views of the President on the recent developments in Libya, in light of Egypt’s key regional role and its chairmanship of the African Union.”

“The President confirmed Egypt’s position in support of the unity, stability and security of Libya as well as efforts to combat terrorism and extremist groups and militias that pose a threat to Libya and the security and stability of the Middle East and the entire Mediterranean region.”

“These efforts help fulfill the aspirations of the Libyan people to restore stability and start development in the country,” adds the statement.

“Chancellor Merkel explained that her country adheres to a political solution in Libya in the framework of dialogue. The two sides agreed on the need to enhance international efforts to swiftly end the crisis in Libya to stop the deteriorating situation in the country.”

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