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Egypt Says Foreign Troops Must Leave Libya

Egypt Says Foreign Troops Must Leave Libya

Wednesday, 6 October, 2021 - 08:30
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the Russian Security Council Secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, in Moscow (Egypt's Foreign Ministry)

Egypt reiterated that all foreign forces must leave Libyan territories, rejecting any foreign presence in the country.


Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed with the Russian Security Council Secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, in Moscow bilateral relations and international and regional developments.


Shoukry said Egypt supports the roadmap set by Libyans, reiterating the importance of the planned presidential and parliamentary elections.


Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said that Shoukry stressed the need for all foreign forces to leave Libya.


Shoukry also discussed with the Russian official recent Palestinian developments and Egypt's continuous efforts to revive the peace process.


They also addressed Cairo's current efforts to support reconstruction efforts in the Palestinian territories.


Cairo attaches great importance to the pullout of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya, which President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has stressed in most of his meetings with foreign officials.


In a meeting of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Libya last week, Shoukry stressed that the presence of foreign forces and mercenaries in Libya has an impact on its national security and the security of its Arab neighbors.


He said that the international community had not taken firm measures to end the presence of foreign forces and mercenaries in country.


"Egypt warned more than a year ago of the consequences of the continuation of the armed conflict in Libya and that it may have to take measures to protect its national security and preserve the balance of power if it was disrupted," he added.


Shoukry reiterated Egypt's call for the "unconditional, simultaneous, and coordinated exit."


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