21:52 GMT13 June 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, have agreed to intensify bilateral and multilateral cooperation for finding a political solution to the crisis in Libya, the Egyptian presidential press service said in a statement on Monday.

    "President Abdel Fattah Sisi held phone talks tonight with French President Emmanuel Macron," the statement read, adding that "they have agreed to intensify efforts bilaterally and together with international partners for finding a solution to the currently critical situation in Libya."

    According to the text, Sisi described Cairo's stance on the matter as being "focused on restoring safety and stability in Libya, supporting efforts for the fight against terrorism, and stopping the activities of armed groups and the unlawful foreign interference in Libya's domestic affairs."

    Macron, in turn, said that France was seeking to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis.

    Libya has been living through a severe political crisis since a coup in 2011 that toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi. Two rival administrations have since practically split the oil-rich country into a political duopoly, with the Libyan National Army (LNA) controlling the east and the Government of National Accord (GNA) controlling the west.

    The situation has escalated over the past several weeks as LNA commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops to advance on the GNA-held capital of Tripoli. The city has already experienced being a battleground of a similar attack in April that had left hundreds of people killed and thousands more injured.


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