By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 14 September 2014:
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the United States and . . .[restrict]Egypt will work closely to support the House of Representatives in Libya following talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri.
Kerry, who has been touring the region principally to discuss the crisis in Syria and Iraq, said in Cairo yesterday that Egypt and the United States would “push for a peaceful resolution” in Libya.
“Ultimately, the Libyan people and their elected representatives are the only ones who can decide that it is time to resolve their conflicts through constructive political dialogue,” he said.
“What we both know is they had an election, the election had an outcome, and everyone should respect the outcome of that election,” Kerry added, referring to elections to the House of Representatives in June.
Shoukri said Egypt would be working with its partners to find a political solution to the situation, saying Egypt hoped to “alert people to the threats associated with the use of military action”. He said Egypt would “continue to support the legitimacy of the Libyan government and parliament, because it’s the only true reflection, of course, of the desire of the Libyan people”.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister said his country would tackle terrorism in whatever form it took whether in the region, “Libya or any other part of the Arab world or in the African continent in particular”.
He said there was little difference between terrorist groups like ISIS and Ansar Al-Sharia. “Ideologically speaking, this organisation is linked and these organisations share that common vision. We don’t believe there’s a difference – perhaps just in the tactics used and the way they depict themselves,” he explained.