Saturday 06 June 2020
Books – Mohamed Ataya:
Several Arab and Western countries have expressed their support for the “Cairo Declaration”, which was launched by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, including a Libyan initiative, to develop political solutions to the crisis currently emerging in Libya.
Al-Sisi’s talks in Cairo with the Libyan Speaker of Parliament, Aqila Saleh, and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Armed Forces, resulted in an initiative in which all parties abide by the ceasefire, starting at 6 am on June 8, 2020, and focus mainly on the outcomes of the Berlin Summit, which resulted A comprehensive political solution that includes clear implementation steps, political, security, economic, and respect for human rights.
For its part, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi hastened to announce that he welcomed the Egyptian initiative, which he said is “an important achievement and an initiative consistent with international initiatives, which must be supported to reach a political solution to the Libyan crisis.”
Subsequently, the voices in support of the Libyan initiative launched from Cairo began.
The UAE said that it supports Egypt’s recent efforts to call for an immediate ceasefire in Libya, after the conflict between the Libyan National Army on the one hand and Al-Wefaq militia intensified with Turkish support on the other.
She added that “the sincere endeavors led by Egyptian diplomacy with a responsible Arab sense and perseverance and capacity.”
The Ministry affirmed, “The UAE stands with all efforts that seek to immediately halt the fighting in Libya, and return to the political track led by the United Nations, in a way that guarantees Libyas sovereignty away from all foreign interference.”
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed the “Egypt efforts” aimed at resolving the Libyan crisis, expressing its support for Sisi ‘s call for a ceasefire in Libya from Monday, June 8.
And Riyadh welcomed “all international efforts calling to stop the fighting in Libya and return to the political track, on the basis of relevant international initiatives and decisions.”
It also urged all Libyan parties, “in the forefront of which is the government of reconciliation and the Libyan national army, to prioritize the national interest and the immediate cease-fire, and to start urgent and comprehensive political negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations.”
Meanwhile, Arab parties, including the League of Arab States and the Arab Parliament, have expressed their support and support for the initiative launched from Cairo, which seeks to stop the fighting in Libya.
The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said that he appreciates the initiative to stop the fighting in Libya and reach an integrated political settlement to the crisis in the country.
The United States, Russia and France have expressed support for Egyptian efforts to try to find a solution to the crisis in Libya.
The State Department said, in comments to an Arab satellite channel, that it appreciates the Egyptian efforts to return to political solutions.
While the US embassy in Libya confirmed in a statement on Twitter, “We welcome the efforts of Egypt and other countries to support a return to the UN-led political negotiations and the declaration of a ceasefire. We call on all parties to participate in good faith to stop the fighting and return to the UN-led political negotiations.”
She added that the United States is watching with interest the rise of political voices in eastern Libya to express itself. We look forward to seeing these voices engage in real political dialogue at the national level, immediately after the resumption of the Joint Commission 5 + 5 talks that the mission hosted on ceasefire formulas.
For its part, Russia expressed support for the Egyptian efforts. The Russian embassy in Cairo said: “Egypt presented today an important initiative to end the crisis in Libya. We welcome all efforts aimed at settling the conflict and restoring peace in all Libyan lands.”
“The Cairo initiative is a basis for starting a serious political process in Libya,” RIA Novosti news agency quoted a Russian diplomatic source in Moscow as saying.
On Saturday, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, held consultations with Sameh Shoukry to express his support for the Egyptian initiative on ending the conflict in Libya.
According to the French Foreign Ministry statement, Ludrien congratulated Shukri for the efforts made by Egypt regarding the Libyan file, and welcomed the results achieved today, which aim at the immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of negotiations within the framework of the Joint Military Commission 5 + 5.
He also expressed his support for the resumption of the political process on this basis under the supervision of the United Nations, within the framework of the criteria agreed at the Berlin Conference.