CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed the need for any political solution in Libya to be based on an exclusive national vision for the Libyan people, without dictations, indicating the need to fully implement the recommendations of the Berlin Conference on Libya.
Shoukry added to the Ministerial Conference on Libya organized by the United Nations General Secretariat and Germany, that the recommendations of the Berlin Conference on Libya must be fully implemented without exception, in concrete measures to push the Libyan parties to respect what everyone in Berlin and the Security Council committed to, whether this relates to a cease-fire or by prohibiting the import of weapons, or by dismantling and disarming militias and combating terrorist organizations.
“These commitments have always been made by the Libyans and the international community without them having an actual effect and without seeing deterrent stances for those who violate them,” Shoukry said.
“I hope that Egypt will not reach a stage in which it is forced to protect its interests and national security as it sees fit, as President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi declared at the Sidi Barani base on June 20. From here Egypt continues its efforts through contacts with its Libyan brothers and through full coordination with the United Nations and the international community, so that security and stability return to all parts of Libya,” the Foreign Minister added.
Shoukry stressed that any real political solution in Libya must be based on an exclusive national vision for the Libyan people, without dictations or prejudiced pressures.
“(The Libyan people have been suffering) in terms of the availability of basic needs and services, as well as the waste and depletion of the wealth of the Libyans, the absence of security in light of the armed groups’ control of some areas and the spread of terrorist groups, mercenaries and foreign forces in parts of Libya,” the minister added.
“Since the outbreak of the Libyan crisis, Egypt has not stopped moving diligently and sincerely in all directions, based on historical relations, popular ties and a common destiny with our Libyan brothers,” Shoukry said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs considered the ministerial conference an ideal opportunity to reach a political settlement that takes into account all the political, security, economic and social aspects of the Libyan crisis, and takes into account the fair distribution of power and wealth.
“It is imperative for our meeting today to send a clear message that the international community is serious about ending the Libyan crisis according to the will and vision of the Libyans. There is no interest in Libya turning into a country seized by crises and torn apart by conflict. And turning the country into a source of terrorist threats and illegal immigration,” the minister continued.