President Abdel Fattah El Sisi discussed regional issues, most notably Libya’s developments, with his French counterpart on Sunday, according to Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady.
“President Sisi received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron as both leaders tackled latest developments in Libya,” Rady added.
The spokesperson manifested that the president asserted the Egyptian stance which supports stability, security and unity of Libya and empowerment of Libyan people, in addition to Egypt’s solid support to the Libyan National Army (LNA) in its war against terrorism.
Cairo affirmed its rejection to all forms of foreign intervention into Libya’s domestic affairs.
On his part, the French president confirmed necessity of solving Libya’s present dilemma which threatens the region’s security. Sisi and Macron agreed to intensify bilateral cooperation in this regard.
Rady noted that the phone conversation also included talks about a number of issues with common interests between Cairo and Paris.
In June, 2017, France’s foreign minister said he had beefed up security ties with Egypt, which was the “central element” to ensuring regional stability as the two countries seek to break the political impasse in neighboring Libya.
Paris and Cairo have nurtured closer economic and military ties in recent years and with the rise of Sisi to power, that relationship has improved and both sides are concerned with the ongoing political vacuum in Libya and the rise of jihadist groups in Egypt.
Both leaders will meet soon in Biarritz during the upcoming G7 Summit.
On January 28, 2019, Macron paid Egypt a three-day visit, during which the bilateral relations, as well as the crises in Syria, Libya, Palestine, and Africa were discussed.
President Sisi stated that he discussed with his French counterpart coordination on regional and international affairs as well as economic and cultural matters, explaining that the strategic partnership would help remedy deficiencies in the Egyptian economy.