The Speech of President El- Sissi to Troika Summit, Libya Committee of African Union
Wednesday، 24 April 2019 - 01:54 PM
Excellencies, Brother Presidents,
I am pleased to welcome you in your second country, Egypt, at a meeting on an African country that is dear to all of us, namely sisterly Libya, which has been associated with the African Union and is still an essential element of the common African action.
Our meeting, today, comes in response to our common responsibility to support the stability and unity of sisterly Libya as well as its territorial integrity and to protect it from the dangers of terrorism and the ongoing foreign interferences in Libya over the past years. The African Union countries are closer to Libya in terms of neighbourhood, history and destiny. They are the party that is concerned more than any other with the stability there, unification of state institutions to work in this country, enabling the army and civil police to fulfil their duty to maintain peace and stability and elimination of all forms of terrorism.
I take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to Chairman of the African High-level Committee on Libya, my brother President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo for his kind initiative in proposing the conduction of this meeting in Cairo, to my brothers President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Cyril Ramavuza of South Africa, members of the Troika of the Presidency of the African Union, and to His Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, for their swift response to the call for this summit, in recognition of the responsibility of the African Union towards Libya and its commitment to support the political solution and the restoration of stability. This is out of the deep rooted principle in the African Union since its inception, which is seeking African solutions to the continent's problems, and the absolute rejection of foreign interferences.
The brotherly people of Libya have been subjected to a process of depletion of their capabilities and resources over the past years, an unprecedented chaos of militias, terrorist organizations, smuggling and human trafficking. Such status was entrenched by an extended period of political standoff, siding to personal preference and narrow interests over the Libyan national interest, in addition to the bullying with foreign parties that supported chaos and terrorist organizations and were indulged in the smuggling of terrorists as well as weapons into Libya, not to mention the smuggling of oil and money out of Libyan territory. Now it's time for all of this to come to an end.
It is the right of all the sons of Libya to turn the page of this painful period, to regain their state and begin the stage of reconstruction. This will only be achieved through the resumption of the political solution as soon as possible and empowering the Libyan state institutions, only, to fulfil their duties, which include meeting the interests and needs of the brotherly people of Libya, protecting their capabilities eliminating the dangers of terrorism and illegitimate armed formations so as to provide a climate convenient for a political path that leads to elections through which the country can restore legitimacy.
Today we call upon the international community to shoulder its full responsibility without delay to resume the political solution. In this respect, we call upon Ghassan Salama, the UN envoy, to carry out his duty in facilitating the return to political negotiations transparently in consistent with the Libyan political agreement, through the activation of channels of communication with all the Libyan parties concerned without exception and standing at an equal distance from them all.
I am confident that our meeting, today, will give the desired message of hope to our brothers in Libya and will provide an essential impetus for the current crisis containing efforts on both the African and UN levels.
May Allah Help Us All to the Good of Brotherly Libya