Egypt Watch

Joint meetings between Egypt and Turkey conclude in the impasse

On Friday, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, said that joint sessions between his country and Turkey had stopped after two rounds were held, claiming that there had been no change in the “practices” of Turkey in Libya. During a television interview, Shoukry called on Libyan parties to respect the Skhirat Agreement and abide by international rules. Shoukry also called on the United Nations to deal with the “legitimate” Libyan government, approved by the Libyan House of Representatives in Tobruk, about the government of Fathi Bashagha.

In June, Egypt called on the international community not to recognize the Libyan National Unity Government headed by Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, claiming that the political agreement under which it was formed had expired. The Dabaiba government had signed an agreement with Turkey that would allow the latter to explore for gas and oil in the Libyan economic waters, which Cairo rejected due to concerns related to the possibility of Ankara threatening its intentions to turn into a regional energy hub.

On October 14, Cairo hosted a meeting between the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aqila Saleh, the US envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Barbara Leaf, and the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel. According to reports, Cairo has finally taken a trend to revitalize its relations with the commander of eastern Libyan forces, Khalifa Haftar, to counter Turkish influence in Libya.