Sun, 17 Oct 2021

CAIRO, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt will provide all necessary capabilities to help the Libyans prepare for the elections scheduled for December, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement on Thursday.

Sisi made the remarks during his meeting with visiting Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who was heading a delegation to participate in the meetings of the Egyptian-Libyan Joint Higher Committee in Cairo.

"President Sisi stressed that Egypt attaches the highest priority to restoring stability in Libya and empowering the war-torn country to restore its regional and international role," the statement said.

The two leaders discussed the recent developments in Libya, especially the issuance of the election law, which is an important step for holding the parliamentary and presidential elections on time, the statement added.

Egypt stressed its firm stance for "respecting Libyan sovereignty, preserving its territorial integrity, and rejecting all forms of foreign interference in internal affairs," said the statement.

The Egyptian president hailed the efforts of the Dbeibah government for improving the people's living conditions, expressing his confidence in the Libyan people for overcoming the ongoing challenges and rebuilding a strong modern state, it added.

For his part, the Libyan prime minister said he valued the important role of Egypt in strengthening peace and stability in Libya.

Libya has been locked in a civil war since the ouster and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The situation escalated in 2014, splitting power between two rival governments: the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in the capital Tripoli and a Tobruk-based one allied with Haftar.

In February, Libya's warring factions agreed to form an interim government, under the auspices of the United Nations, to run the country until the general elections are held on Dec. 24.

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