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Egypt’s Sisi, Italian PM Conte agree to intensify efforts on Libya after talks collapse

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

CAIRO – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Italian Prime Minster Giuseppe Conte agreed on intensifying joint efforts to support endeavours for a political settlement to the Libyan crisis, one day after talks on a possible truce agreement between rival factions in the war-torn country collapsed.

According to a statement by the Egyptian presidency, El-Sisi and Conte discussed the Libyan crisis ahead of the planned Berlin conference next week, agreeing on supporting efforts for a comprehensive solution to the crisis to restore stability in Libya and preserve its territorial integrity, sovereignty and resources.

The meeting between the Egyptian president and the Italian PM came one day after Moscow brokered talks to bring an end to the intensified war between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the militias allied with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) collapsed after LNA General Commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, rejected a long-term ceasefire deal with GNA headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj.

For weeks, diplomatic efforts have been taken to de-escalate tensions in Libya amid Turkish plans to send troops to the country, which have been denounced by Western powers. Turkey had already sent mercenaries from Syria’s Idlib to Libya to support GNA militias in their fight against LNA.

Egypt has reiterated its firm support of the Libyan National Army, stressing its rejection of “any form of intervention in Libya’s domestic affairs.”

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