Egypt’s Sisi, Trump agree to reject “foreign exploitation” in Libya

Both leaders urged relevant parties in the Libyan conflict to take urgent steps to resolve the fighting.
US President Donald Trump (R) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (L) hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, September 23, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed to reject “foreign exploitation” in Libya during a phone call, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

During the phone call late on Thursday, al-Sisi asserted Egypt’s support for the Libyan people in achieving security and stability, according to the statement reported by Xinxua news agency.

The Egyptian president also underlined the importance of limiting illegal foreign interventions in Libyan affairs.

Both leaders urged relevant parties in the conflict to take urgent steps to resolve the fighting.

Since the ouster and killing of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been locked in a civil war that escalated in 2014, splitting power between two rival governments: the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli and a government in the northeastern city of Tobruk which is allied with the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar.

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Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, France and Russia support Haftar’s LNA, while the GNA is backed by Italy and Egypt’s regional rivals Turkey and Qatar.

Haftar has been leading a military campaign since early April in and around Tripoli, attempting to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.

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