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Egypt keen to build ties with Libya government

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (C) meets East Libya-based military commander Khalifa Haftar (L) at Al Ittihadiyah Palace in Cairo, Egypt on 14 April 2019. [Egyptian Presidency / AFP / Getty]
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (C) meets East Libya-based military commander Khalifa Haftar (L) at Al Ittihadiyah Palace in Cairo, Egypt on 14 April 2019. [Egyptian Presidency / AFP / Getty]

Egyptian authorities are keen to have partial relations with the internationally backed Libyan government based in Tripoli, the New Khaleej news website reported yesterday.

Diplomatic sources in Egypt told the news website that Cairo aims to have full ties as it was before the military campaign carried out by renegade General Khalifa Haftar in April 2019 with Egyptian, UAE and Russian support.

The sources said that the abuse of Egyptian workers in the Libyan city of Tarhuna a couple of days ago was a preface for the new effort as Egyptian security officials communicated with their Libyan counterparts.

The Egyptian commanders were reassured to hear the Libyan government had pledged to protect Egyptian workers and allow them to work in the country.

It has previously been reported that Egypt dispatched military experts to the battlefields in Libya to fight side-by-side with Haftar's forces against the internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Its military also provided air cover for Haftar during his belligerent campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli.

READ: How Haftar squandered his near secure victory, and why

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