Libya’s new interim chief meets with Egyptian president

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s newly elected interim prime minister on Thursday held talks in Cairo with the Egyptian president as a part of his efforts to provoke help from regional powers and attempt to unify the fractured North African nation.

Earlier this month, Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah was elected as prime minister by Libyan delegates at a U.N.-sponsored convention close to Geneva. The delegates additionally elected a three-member Presidential Council, which together with Dbeibah will lead Libya although nationwide elections in December. Mohammad Younes Menfi, a Libyan diplomat from the nation’s east, was chosen as chairman of the council.

The election of the 4 was a significant step towards unifying Libya and ending one of many intractable conflicts left behind by the Arab Spring.

In Cairo, Dbeibah, a robust businessman from the western metropolis of Misrata, expressed his gratitude to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi for his “trustworthy and efficient efforts” to finish the conflict in Libya. He added that his authorities was wanting ahead to attain a “complete partnership” with the Egyptian authorities.

El-Sissi pressured “his eagerness to help the Libyan folks” on the street to stability and provided to share Egypt’s experience on rolling out developmental initiatives to rebuild Libya’s shattered economic system, in line with a press release launched by el-Sissi’s workplace. The assembly was attended by Egypt’s intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel and Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly.


Dbeibah’s authorities is anticipated to run Libya till elections on Dec. 24.

The newly-appointed transitional authorities have vowed to finish political divisions which have cut up Libya between rival administrations: a U.N.-backed, however weak authorities within the capital of Tripoli — a metropolis largely managed by an array of armed factions — and an eastern-based authorities backed by strongman Gen. Khalifa Hifter. Every is backed by totally different international governments.

Egypt, together with Russia and the United Arab Emirates, was a key backer of Hifter, who had launched an offensive in 2019 to seize the capital, Tripoli, from the U.N.-supported authorities. Nonetheless, Hifter’s 14-month-long marketing campaign collapsed after Turkey stepped up its army help for the Tripoli administration with a whole bunch of troops and 1000’s of Syrian mercenaries.

After Hifter’s defeat, el-Sissi had threatened to intervene militarily in Libya if Turkey-backed forces marched on the strategic coastal metropolis of Sirte, held by Hifter’s forces. Had this occurred, it might have introduced Egypt and Turkey, shut U.S. allies that help rival sides within the battle, into direct confrontation.


Months of U.N.-led talks resulted in a deal in October that ended hostilities and referred to as for the withdrawal of all international forces and mercenaries in three months and adherence to a U.N. arms embargo, provisions which haven’t been met.

Libya has descended into chaos and has turn out to be a haven for Islamic militants and armed teams that survive on looting and human trafficking after the ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.


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