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Egyptian official said acting Libyan prime minister arrived in Cairo for talks on future relations between the two African neighbors

CAIRO – The acting Libyan prime minister arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks on future relations between the two African neighbors, an Egyptian official said.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah was greeted at Cairo airport by his Egyptian counterpart, Mustafa Madbouly, according to Nader Saad, an Egyptian government spokesperson.

Dbeibah is leading the Libyan delegation in talks on the so-called Egyptian-Libyan Joint Higher Committee, which focuses on trade and other cooperation. The visit comes less than five months after Madbouly became the highest Egyptian official to visit Libya since the oil-rich country plunged into chaos in 2011.

The State Department said the two US officials “underscored the urgent need for the Libyan leadership to reach agreement on an electoral framework for the December 24 national elections and also underlined US support for the full implementation. implementation “of the ceasefire agreement, including the withdrawal of all foreign fighters, mercenaries and Libyan forces.

Dbeibah’s visit to Cairo came less than five months after Madbouly became the highest Egyptian official to visit Libya since the oil-rich country plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled then killed longtime Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Dbeibah, a powerful businessman from the western Libyan city of Misrata, has yet to meet General Khalifa Hifter, commander of the self-proclaimed Libyan forces in the east of the country. Such a meeting would be a breakthrough in efforts to ease growing tensions between the interim government and Hifter’s forces.

Egypt views chaos in neighboring Libya as a threat to its stability, with militants using the Libyan desert as a safe haven to launch attacks against Egypt. Tens of thousands of Egyptians have sought work in Libya over the years, although their numbers have declined since 2011.

The UN-sponsored peace talks last year ended the fighting between Libyan rivals and mapped out a political roadmap that would lead the country into chaos in the December elections.

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ABC News