Egypt, Italy to continue cooperation on Libyan crisis

In the first visit by an Italian foreign minister to Cairo since 2015, Egyptian and Italian foreign ministers agreed on Sunday to continue cooperation in combating illegal immigration and resolving the Libyan issue through a Libyan-Libyan solution.
In a joint press conference following “political consultation” talks between Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, the two dignitaries said that the discussions between their countries represented “a keenness on recovering the momentum of relations between Egypt and Italy.”
Speaking on the Libyan issue, Shoukry said both countries agree on moving forward with the UN envoy to Libya’s plan for a Libyan-Libyan resolution that preserves the unity of the country and its institutions and people.
“Egypt welcomes cooperating with Italy in reaching a comprehensive format that would accomplish political stability and security in Libya, while re-establishing Libyan state institutions and facilitating parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible,” said Shoukry.
“We need to ensure fruitful results in Libya. The elections in Libya are a turning point, because the Libyan people will have a say,” added Milanesi.
According to a statement by Egypt’s foreign ministry, the ministers also had detailed discussions regarding illegal migration and the influx of refugees to the Mediterranean region, calling it an issue that should be dealt with “inclusively”, while also mentioning Egypt’s efforts to block attempts of illegal immigration from its coastline since the sinking of a migrant in September 2016.

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