By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 30 August 2013:
Egypt’s interim prime minister Hazem El-Beblawi, has called on Libya to step up efforts to prevent . . .[restrict]cross-border arms smuggling. In a meeting on Thursday with Libya’s ambassador in Cairo, Mohammed Fayez Jibril, Beblawi said there had to be an increased military presence on the border, according to the Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm.
There have been a number of seizures of arms in Egypt, purportedly from Libya and said to be mainly destined either to rebel tribesmen in Sinai or across into Gaza.
Beblawi also called for greater protection for Egyptian diplomats in Libya. He did not want to there to be any more bomb attacks, such as happened to the Egyptian consulate in Benghazi on 17 August.
He called on Libya to support the Egypt in the current prolitical crisis. His government was counting on Arab support and assistance and looked to Libya to increase joint investments, particularly in agriculture and energy projects. [/restrict]