28 Jun – 4 Jul: Misratan Delegation Visits Egypt

Jul 4, 2017 | Libyan actors

On 2 July, 16 senior political figures from Misrata attended a high profile meeting in Egypt at the invitation of the Egyptian Chief of Staff, Mahmoud Hijazy, and Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry. The Misratan delegation was headed by High Council of State (HCS) member Abu al-Qasim Igzit. The participants reportedly made significant strides towards agreeing on the next steps for a Libyan-Libyan dialogue and also discussed measures to restart economic and labour relations between Egypt and Misrata.

A spokesperson for the Egyptian army said in a statement that, “We all stressed the unity of Libya, support for building a civilian, democratic state, and boosting national reconciliation as well as fighting terrorism and rejecting foreign intervention.” The meeting has been touted as largely positive and is being seen as an important step towards bridging the political gap between Misrata and General Khalifa Haftar, who is strongly backed by Egypt.

On 28 June, the House of Representative’s (HoR) parallel foreign minister visited Russia to discuss options for a new Libyan-Libyan dialogue within the framework of the LPA.