The Arab Weekly |
Egypt is moving to contain its losses in Libya by engaging in diplomacy in the western part of the country. Egypt is trying to remedy its recent losses by dealing positively with the new head of the Presidential Council Mohamed al-Menfi and Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, by speeding up the process of reopening its embassy in Tripoli and its consulate in Benghazi in support of the new leaders, in a message that seems intended to emphasise that Turkey will not be alone in western Libya. Cairo announced an Egyptian delegation to Tripoli had arrived as part of technical preparations for the resumption of its diplomatic presence and to take advantage of the available momentum for a political settlement.The new authority sent positive messages about its willingness to deal with all countries without exception, which will facilitate Egypt’s diplomatic moves. But the authority’s strong links with Turkey means that Cairo will only get what is approved by Ankara, which refuses to withdraw its forces and mercenaries from western Libya.
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