Egypt’s Changing policy in Libya: Opportunities and Challenges

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s): Khalil al-Anani

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On December 27, 2020, a high-ranking Egyptian diplomatic and security delegation visited the Libyan capital of Tripoli to hold talks with the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). The delegation was led by Deputy Head of General Intelligence Ayman Badie, who is responsible for managing Egypt’s Libya policy, with other officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The visit marks the first of its kind since the start of Libya’s civil war in 2014 and raises many questions about the nature of Egypt’s position on the Libyan crisis. In particular, the visit raises questions about whether Egypt is at a turning point in its strategy toward Libya and, consequently, regarding Cairo’s possible contribution to a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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