Shoukry: Dialogue with Turkey has stopped due to its practices in Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Sat 29 Oct 2022, 03:23 PM
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that "exploratory dialogue sessions with Turkey stopped after two rounds because there was no change in Turkey's practices in Libya."

In an interview with Al-Arabiya news channel, he called on "the parties to the Libyan conflict to respect the Skhirat agreement," calling on "the United Nations and the concerned authorities to deal with the legitimate Libyan government," referring to the parliament-appointed government led by Fathi Bashagha.

Last year, two rounds of exploratory talks were held at the deputy foreign minister level in Egypt and Turkey to discuss the “necessary steps to normalize relations”, but these meetings have not yet resulted in the exchange of diplomatic representation between the two sides.

Dialogue efforts between Cairo and Ankara faltered, according to analysts, after the signing of two memoranda of understanding on energy and gas between Turkey and Libya's Tripoli-based government on October 3.

One week after this signing, Shoukry described Libya's Government of National Unity as an "out-of-state government that does not have the ability to conclude any international agreements or memoranda of understanding".

He later called on United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take a clear position on the "illegitimacy" of this government.

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