Macron, Al-Sissi discuss Libyan situation

PARIS, French President Emmanuel Macron and his Egypian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held a telephone conversation late Sunday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Libya and other subjects of mutual concern, Macron’s office announced Monday.

“Both leaders broached the situation in Libya,” the Elysee said, adding that the two men “believe that the risks of a military escalation call for the greatest restraint to be shown by all international and Libyan parties.” France and Egypt, agreed in the conversation, to work in close coordination “to facilitate a decisive restarting of inter-Libyan negotiations” in line with the commitments made in for Berlin conference.

Macron and Al-Sisi also expressed their willingness to get a “political accord” in the framework of the United Nations and for pushing for respect by the Libyan parties of engagements undertaken in the inter-Libyan conferences held in Paris, Palermo and Abu Dhabi.

The goal is “to restore the unity and full sovereignty of Libya,” the French statement affirmed.

France and Egypt also discussed the broader situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and they agreed that the protocol signed by Turkey and Libya on delimiting maritime jurisdictions “was contrary to the law of the sea.” The two presidents agreed to remain in close contact on the evolving situation between Turkey and Libya.

The conversation also tackled bilateral questions and human rights issues, in particular, the Elysee Palace statement indicated.

Source: Kuwait News Agency