The Libyan Address Journal
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced, on Saturday, a political initiative that “paves the way for a return to normal life in Libya,” warning against “sticking to the military option to resolve the crisis in Libya.”
Al-Sisi announced a Libyan-Libyan initiative to resolve the crisis in the name of the “Cairo Declaration”, which includes respecting all international initiatives and resolutions regarding the unity of Libya.
This came during a press conference of the Egyptian President, with the Libyan National Army commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh, at the Presidential Palace in Cairo.
According to President Sisi, the “Cairo Declaration” includes inviting all Libyan parties to a ceasefire from Monday. He stressed the importance of the conclusions of the Berlin Conference on a political solution in Libya.
The initiative also includes adhering to a Libyan constitutional declaration, according to Al-Sisi, who called for reviving the political track to resolve the Libyan crisis, stressing that the international community must remove foreign mercenaries from all Libyan lands.
Al-Sisi stressed that Field Marshal Haftar, and the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh, had a commitment to the interest of the Libyan people, stressing the importance of reaching a political initiative to end the conflict in Libya.
For his part, the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh, said that the Libyan army moved to the capital to fight the terrorists, and that Turkey intervened and prevented the army from completing the task of combating the terrorists, noting that the Libyan army had committed to the truce but the Government of National Accord had not yet adhered to.
Saleh added: We are determined to expel the militias from the Libyan capital, and we will start by making a Libyan constitution that paves the way for elections, without excluding anyone.
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, for his part, expressed his appreciation of Egypt’s role in supporting the Libyan army to fight terrorism, stressing that the Libyan army is working to expel Turkish “colonists”, indicating that Turkish interference in the conflict enhances internal polarization.
The Marshal added that Turkey must be obligated to stop sending mercenaries and weapons to Libya, noting that the Turkish threat is not limited to Libya, but rather to neighboring countries.
He said that the unity of Libya and the elimination of terrorist groups must be emphasized, and a national unity government should be formed in Libya, indicating that he supported the Egyptian initiative on Libya.