Sources: Egypt adheres to red lines

Sources revealed that Egypt was able to eliminate the differences between Khalifa Haftar and Aqila Saleh, who stressed the need to withdraw Turkey's mercenaries before any solution, while Cairo informed the two parties that it adheres to its red lines in Sirte and Jufrah and will not allow them to be bypassed.

Sources told Al-Arabiya that “Cairo united the viewpoints between Saleh and Haftar and removed the misunderstandings between them,” adding that the two Libyan parties stressed the need to withdraw militias and Turkey's mercenaries as part of any initiative for a solution.

The sources also mentioned that the Libyan army confirmed that ending the siege of Sirte and Jufrah is a step that precedes any negotiation, rejecting the existence of demilitarized areas as long as the militias exist, which was agreed to by Cairo, while the Government of National Accord headed by Fayez al-Sarraj also renewed today its demand to place Sirte and Jufrah as demilitarized zones.

n addition, the sources confirmed that Saleh and Haftar agreed on the necessity of a solution according to the Cairo initiative, and the Libyan army handed Cairo its initiative to resume the work of the oil installations, pointing to its adherence to transferring the oil money to a neutral account or placing the central bank under international control, according to what the sources said.

It also said that the army called on Egypt for international pressure to withdraw militants from the oil sites.

For its part, Egypt informed the two parties that it would not allow attempts to divide Libya, and it also reiterated that it would not allow Sirte and Jufrah to bypass.

The sources stated that Egypt will introduce amendments to its initiative, including an international mechanism to dismantle the militias, and it also discussed unifying the military establishment in Libya and not including the militias.

It also confirmed that there is an Egyptian-Libyan agreement to form an international committee to supervise oil sites. It said that Egypt will work with international parties to lift the arms embargo on the Libyan army.

Today, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with the Aqila Saleh, Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, and Khalifa Haftar, the Armed Forces Commander, at the Ittihadiya Palace in Cairo.



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