By Ebi Kesiena
Egypt and Saudi Arabia are seeking ways to help Libya attain its stability as the North African country heads into a Presidential election next week.
On Friday, Egypt’s Chief Diplomat Sameh Shukry and his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan in Cairo, said it was important for the Libyan Presidential elections to go ahead as scheduled.
The election, meant to help unify the nation after a decade of civil war, is supposed to take place in just over a week, but calls are mounting for a delay.
The vote, scheduled for Dec. 24, is to choose Libya’s first President since the ouster and killing of long-time dictator Muammar Gadhafi more than a decade ago.
For nearly a year, the election has been the lynchpin of international efforts to bring peace to the oil-rich North African nation, and supporters fear a dangerous void if it is not held on schedule.
But critics warn that going ahead with the vote now could throw the country into new violence.
At the joint news conference, Farhan also touched on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, expressed support for Egypt’s position in relation to a controversial dam in Ethiopia on the Nile River’s main tributary, and said he valued Egypt’s stance on the conflict in Yemen where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels.