Egypt Denies Alleged PM Statements On Libya

Egypt's cabinet dismissed on Sunday 20/1/2013 statements attributed to Prime Minister Hisham Qandil that Egypt had rights in eastern Libya.

"These alleged statements were not made by Qandil or any Egyptian official," said Alaa Hadidi, the spokesman for the government.

He hailed relations with Tripoli. The claimed remarks were published by a Lebanese newspaper.

Egypt's Ambassador to Libya Hisham Abdul Wahab has reiterated the depth of his country's relations with Libya.

"Egyptian-Libyan relations are deeply-rooted and can not be affected by groundless reports," he said on Sunday.

The diplomat said he conveyed to Egyptian authorities the appreciation of Libyan Premier Ali Zidan of the close relations between the two countries.

Zidan stressed his confidence that Egypt will clarify statements attributed to Prime Minister Hisham Qandil about Egyptian rights in Eastern Libya, Abdul Wahab said.

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