The Egyptian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry left the Arab League ministerial meeting in Cairo after the Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush had taken the chair as president of the meeting.
Sources said Shoukry rejected the assumption of chair by Libya's FM of the Government of National Unity (GNU) and had walked out of the meeting after he asked Al-Mangoush to give up presidency of the Arab League's 158th meeting but she didn't accept.
The meeting in Cairo is chaired by Libya on the foreign minister's level. Libya succeeded Lebanon in presidency and this is the first time in nine years .
Al-Mangoush addressed the Arab League members, saying the GNU's stance against war makes it necessary that Libya's case is not only an item of discussion on the agenda of the Arab League Council, inviting her counterparts to convene the next meeting in Libya's capital Tripoli, and she explained that the support of Arab countries could allow Libya to hold elections as per fair and transparent laws.
"The Libyan people have suffered enough of wars, division, terrorism and the consequences of foreign interference in the past years, and the Prime Minister (Dbeibah) maintains his firm position about holding national elections in Libya." She said, calling on the legislative authority in Libya to agree on a constitutional basis for elections.