Egypt, Germany discuss developments in Libya and Palestine

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held a phone call on Saturday with his German counterpart Heiko Maas to discuss the latest developments regarding Libya and Palestine.

The spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Hafez, said that the call welcomed statements recently issued by the Libyan Presidential Council and parliament calling for a ceasefire and suspension of military operations in all Libyan territories.

According to Hafez, both ministers stressed how beneficial this step is towards reaching a comprehensive political settlement to restore Libya’s security and stability, fend off terrorist organizations and counter any destructive foreign intervention.

The two ministers also discussed Palestine, with Shoukry emphasizing the need to build on all latest developments to preserve the two-state solution and work towards achieving just peace and desired security, while restoring legitimate Palestinian rights in accordance with relevant international legitimacy decisions.

The Tripoli-based, internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) announced a ceasefire on Friday while the eastern-based Libyan parliament called for an immediate ceasefire.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi welcomed the ceasefire, hailing it as an “an important step on the road to achieving a political settlement”.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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