After years of tension in the relationship between the two countries, Libya and Egypt, due to the Egyptian government’s support for Haftar in his aggression against the capital, Tripoli, a high-level Egyptian delegation is visiting the capital for the first time since 2014.
The delegation includes officials from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and General Intelligence, and is headed by the General Undersecretary of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, the head of the Egyptian Committee concerned with the Libyan file, Major General Ayman Badae.
The visit of the Egyptian delegation to Tripoli comes after defeating the aggression against Tripoli last June, as well as after a visit by Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha to Cairo early last November, during which they discussed unifying efforts to confront terrorism and organized crime. The visit led to the anger of Haftar’s camp and the parallel government in the East, announcing its rejection of the visit, and the resulting consensuses, as well as announcing that it will not abide by what resulted from it.
The Egyptian delegation began its meetings in Tripoli with a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammed Siala, during which it was agreed to schedule a series of meetings between experts and specialists in the two countries from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and other ministries, to achieve the goals of this visit.
According to the Libyan Foreign Ministry, the Egyptian delegation promised the Libyan side to restore the embassy’s work from inside the capital, Tripoli, as soon as possible, and to establish urgent solutions to resume Libyan flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo, and Egyptian consular services from Tripoli, open maritime navigation between the two countries, and discuss residence fees for citizens.
The Egyptian delegation also had a meeting with Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, they discussed with him ways to support the ceasefire agreement, the outputs of the 5 + 5 committee, as well as common security challenges, and ways to enhance security cooperation between the two countries.
So does the visit of the Egyptian delegation indicate a change in the Egyptian policy view towards Libya, and in the Egyptian regime’s handling of the Libyan crisis? Who were a major supporter of Haftar’s aggression against Tripoli in 2019, and tried to prevent the complete collapse of Haftar’s camp by promoting what was known as the “Cairo Declaration” last June.
Certainly, the visit of an Egyptian delegation of this level to Tripoli is evidence of Egypt’s change in policy towards the Libyan crisis, in terms of the importance of the officials who were at the head of the delegation, and the importance of the understandings and agreements produced by this visit.