Mangoush confirms existence of Arab rift on Libya file

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 01 Nov 2022, 09:52 AM
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs for Libya's Government of National Unity, Najla Mangoush, said that the Libyan file is one of the most contentious issues between Arab countries, as each party views it “from a certain angle.”

This came in a statement from the sidelines of the meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Algiers, in preparation for the 31st Arab Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

She pointed out the importance of respecting differences, and that countries must discuss their problems, challenges, and projects directly without any country being the guardian of another. She stressed the need for Libyans to have the first and last word, reiterating the vision of her government related to drect elections and ending transitional stages.

The spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, denied the occurrence of a verbal dispute between Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Najla Mangoush during the preparations. In a statement to the Egyptian newspaper, Youm7, Abu Zeid said that what was agreed upon is "completely consistent with the determinants of the Egyptian position."

He added that "Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry's position was strong and clear during the discussions, in the face of attempts to give the Government of National Unity a role in managing the transitional phase under any name or justification."

The meeting also witnessed a difference in drafting the terms of the proposed final statement, especially with regard to Turkish interference in Libya. An agreement was reached to express a rejection of foreign presence and to call for the expulsion of foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya with the urgency of holding elections.

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