The Libyan Address Journal
The United States and Russia have welcomed, on Saturday, the comprehensive initiative to resolve the Libyan crisis announced by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in the presence of the Libyan National Army Commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and President of the House of Representatives Aguila Saleh, in Cairo.
“The initiative calls for a ceasefire as of Monday, 8 June, and the obligation of foreign parties to remove mercenaries, dismantle militias and hand over their weapons, as well as complete the path of the Military 5+5 talks in Geneva,” El-Sisi said.
He added that the “Cairo Declaration” aims to ensure a fair representation of all three regions of Libya, Cyrenaica, Tripolitania, and Fezzan, in a presidential council elected by the people under the supervision of the United Nations, for the first time in the country’s history.
The United States has welcomed the Cairo Declaration and welcomed the efforts of Egypt and other countries to support a return to UN-led political negotiations in Libya.
“The US is watching with interest as political voices in the East of Libya find expression. We look forward to seeing these voices incorporated into a genuine nationwide political dialogue immediately following the resumption of the UNSMIL-hosted 5+5 talks on the modalities of a ceasefire,” the US embassy in Libya said in a statement on Twitter.
“We welcome efforts by Egypt and others to support a return to the UN-led political negotiations and the declaration of a ceasefire. We call on all sides to participate in good faith to halt the fighting and return to the UN-led political negotiations,” it added.
— U.S. Embassy – Libya (@USAEmbassyLibya) June 6, 2020
In turn, Russia welcomed the initiative announced in the Egyptian capital. The Russian embassy in Egypt tweeted: “Today, Egypt presented the important initiative to end the crisis in Libya … We welcome all efforts aimed at settling the conflict and restoring peace in all Libyan lands.”
Сегодня #Египет 🇪🇬выступил с важной инициативой по прекращению конфликта в Ливии🇱🇾.
Приветствуем любые усилия, направленные на урегулирование кризиса и установление мира на всей ливийской земле. pic.twitter.com/220UNI95lE
— RussianEmbassy EGYPT 🇷🇺 (@Rusembegypt) June 6, 2020
Earlier, France, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan had announced their support for the initiative, which stresses the need for a ceasefire and the start of negotiations for a political solution in the country.