Egyptian delegation arrives in Tripoli to resume embassy work after 6-year absence
By Emmanuel Yashim [NAN]
An Egyptian delegation will arrive in Libya’s capital on Monday to take part in the resumption of the work of the Egyptian Embassy in Tripoli after a six-year halt, a spokesperson of the Government of National Accord (GNA) told Sputnik.
“The visit will take place as part of coordination maintained between the foreign ministries of the two countries since the first visit of an Egyptian delegation at the end of December last year,” GNA Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammed Kablavi said.
During the December visit, the first time that an Egyptian delegation came to Tripoli in six years, the restoration of relations between Libya and Egypt was discussed, as well as the resumption of embassy work.
Earlier this month, the Swiss-hosted Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) elected an interim unity government that will be in charge in Libya until a national general election scheduled for Dec. 24.
The LPDF elected Mohammad Younes Menfi, former GNA ambassador in Greece, as the new head of the Presidency Council.
Libya has been divided between two opposing governments since the overthrow and assassination of the country’s long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
The administrations known as the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) have been in control of the country’s west and east, respectively.
In November of last year, the two sides agreed to launch UN-led talks to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis.
The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunisia kicked off that month with the participation of 75 public and political figures of Libya, delegated from all regions of the country.
In mid-November, the participants of the inter-Libyan dialogue in Tunisia agreed on a road map for the unification of state power bodies in the country.
They also agreed that the date for national elections on a constitutional basis should be Dec 24, 2021 – 70 years after Libya’s Declaration of Independence. (Sputnik/NAN)