Egypt withdraws from Arab League meeting refusing Libyan FM’s presidency of session

Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, withdrew Tuesday from the 158th session of the Council of Arab League at the level of foreign ministers, rejecting the fact that the Foreign Minister of the Libyan outgoing government, Najla Mangoush, assumed the presidency of the session.

Informed sources stated that the Egyptian Foreign Minister demanded Mangoush to apologize for the presidency of the session, but she refused, which prompted him to withdraw.

The Egyptian delegation withdrew just before Al-Manqush delivered her speech without issuing any statement about it.

The Libyan Government led by Fathi Bashagha had issued a statement Monday rejecting presidency of the 158th session of the Arab League Council at the ministerial level by the outgoing government of Abdul Hamid Dabaiba.

“Such measures threaten the stability and unity of the country and represent a bias towards a political party that its mandate has expired and lacks legal legitimacy,” it pointed out.

“With this action, the League violates its acclaimed role of full solidarity with the state of Libya in its crisis, and the recognition of the Libyan Government as the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people,” said the statement of the government led by Fathi Bashagha.


Arab Observer

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