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Agreement between Egypt and France on Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Laudrian agreed that Libya should hold elections after “relative progress” in the conditions of the war-torn country, Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi confirmed.

“The situation in Libya affects the security and stability of the whole Mediterranean region,” Radhi said in a statement. “The views agreed on a relative progress in the Libyan scene, which requires a speedy holding of elections before the end of this year.”

The forces of the military commander Khalifa Hafter, has expelled elements of the Daesh organization from the city of Benghazi in the east of the country.

The holding of elections in Libya is a major challenge for the state, which has two governments, each of which says they own power, since the results of a disputed vote in 2014.

The United Nations began an attempt in September to amend a peace agreement signed in December 2015 and pave the way for the elections, but so far has failed to reach an agreement that would allow progress towards both goals.

The government, which operates in eastern Libya , is allied with Haftar, who is likely to be a rival in the presidential election.