Egyptian sources: Al-Mishri, Saleh to discuss third government in Cairo

Egyptian sources: Al-Mishri, Saleh to discuss third government in Cairo

August 16, 2022 - 15:15
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Egyptian diplomats have revealed a scheduled visit for the Head of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, and the Speaker of Parliament, Aqilah Saleh to Cairo, the London-based Al-Araby al-Jadeed reported on Monday.

According to an Egyptian diplomat close to the National Committee concerned with the Libyan file, the head of the General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel, had met with Saleh and is due to meet Al-Mishri separately.

The publisher quoted the source as saying that both parties have showed a positive response to proposals presented to them by Cairo aimed at resolving the political crisis to prevent any new military escalation over the executive authority, in reference to the Government of National Unity and the parallel government headed by Fathi Bashagha.

Talks are expected to cover two main issues, including consultation on forming a new government in Libya able to achieve consensus between the Libyan regions and preparing it for holding elections, as well as to allow the negotiation on the constitution to commence.

The constitutional track has stalled following the failure of the last round of talks in Geneva due to legal rows over who should be allowed to run for the presidency in Libya.

Another Egyptian diplomat revealed that the new moves are taking place with the consent of the major regional powers led by Egypt and Turkey.

"There is consensus between Cairo and Ankara about a proposal to form a new government that would be an alternative to the two current administrations, and for allies of both parties to push them toward complying with that international desire, the source told the Al-Araby al-Jadeed.

"We have are two scenarios, the first option is to incorporate the two governments, meaning persuading one of the two men -Dbiebah and Bashagha- to turn over the authority to the other, while plan B, which according to the source, is more likely because it enjoys the US, France, Italy, Germany, and the UK support, is to form a mini-government whose task is to run the urgent daily services and prepare the country for elections.

Another Egyptian diplomat said that there is consensus among the regional and international parties involved in the Libyan crisis that Egypt and Turkey should play the mediator role between the two parties.

"Players seek to push the Libyan rivals to accept a new indisputable salvation government that stays above the fray of international disputes," the source said, noting that presidential candidates would be asked to abandon political life in the future.