During his current visit to Washington, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held a meeting with the U.S. Special Envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, as part of his official schedule. Ahmed Abu Zeid, the spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of Public Diplomacy, reported that Minister Shoukry reaffirmed Egypt’s steadfast support for a Libyan-led resolution without external dictates. He emphasized the importance of respecting the role of Libyan institutions based on Libyan references for settlement, particularly the Skhirat Agreement, leading to timely presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya.
Abu Zeid added that the Egyptian Foreign Minister stressed the necessity of halting foreign interventions in Libya and the withdrawal of all foreign forces, fighters, and mercenaries within a specified timeframe, underscoring the commitment to Libya's sovereignty and stability.
On his part, Ambassador Norland valued Cairo's central role and its continuous efforts in supporting the path to settling the Libyan crisis. He confirmed the ongoing and sustained cooperation between Egypt and the United States to find effective ways to deal with the Libyan crisis, aiming to establish long-lasting stability across Libya, in accordance with relevant references.