July 24-August 1st 2017: Eastern Libyan Delegation Visits Egypt; UNSC and USDOS Endorse Paris Meeting

Aug 2, 2017 | International actors

On 31 July, delegations from Misrata and eastern Libya, including House of Representatives (HoR) president Agilah Saleh, traveled to Cairo to attend meetings facilitated by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shukri, and Chief of Staff, Mahmoud Hijazi. The talks are due to start on 1 August, but the topic and intended outcome of the talks are not yet known.

On 27 July, the UN Security Council (UNSC) issued a statement praising the meeting between Serraj and Haftar and asserting their support for the Joint Declaration issued following the talks in Paris. The same statement welcomed the new Special Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé and highlighted the importance of the UN’s central role in facilitating Libyan-led political dialogue. The US State Department also declared its support for the joint declaration, and stated that the U.S. remains “committed to working with Libya and our international partners to help resolve the political conflict and advance peace and long-term stability in Libya.”