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The Egyptian Interior Minister, Mahmoud Tawfiq, discussed, Monday in Cairo, with his Libyan counterpart, Mazen Khaled, ways to develop security partnership relations, including training Libyan cadres.

A statement by the Egyptian Interior Ministry stated that “the Egyptian Interior Minister received his Libyan counterpart, who is currently visiting Cairo at the head of a high-level security delegation,” without specifying the duration of the visit.

The meeting dealt with “a number of security issues of common interest and ways to develop security partnership relations between the two sides,” without further details.

In turn, the Libyan Interior Minister indicated that his ministry “aspires to strengthen security cooperation frameworks with the Egyptian security services, especially to raise their efficiency in a number of police fields.”

For his part, the Egyptian Interior Minister affirmed his ministry’s commitment to providing all support and assistance to the Libyan police forces to face the challenges they face.

The Libyan delegation visited a number of educational and training facilities and the Center for Security Studies in Egypt, “praising the development, modernization and rehabilitation it witnessed,” according to a statement by the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

In recent months, relations between Tripoli and Cairo have witnessed a development, following the visit of Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to Libya on April 20, and the signing of 11 cooperation documents in more than one field, especially the economic one.

On Thursday, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, Prime Minister of the Libyan National Unity Government, visited Egypt and convened a higher committee between the two countries after a 12-year hiatus, and signed more than 14 economic agreements and memoranda of understanding.

Libya has been witnessing a political breakthrough for months under the auspices of the United Nations. On March 16, an elected transitional authority, comprising a unity government and a presidential council, assumed its duties to lead the country to parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24.

However, retired General Khalifa Haftar still acts independently of the legitimate government, leads an armed militia that controls many areas, and calls himself the “Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army”, contesting the Presidential Council’s powers.

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