CAIRO: The Egyptian foreign ministry said Thursday it was in talks with Tripoli over a request to hand back members of slain dictator MoamAr Qaddafi’s regime seeking refuge in Egypt.
Libya’s prosecutor had written to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, providing a list of Libyans in Egypt belonging to the former regime who are wanted back home.
Cairo “is working to comply quickly with the Libyan request”, foreign ministry spokesman Amr Roshdy said in a statement.
General prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud has slapped a travel ban on all the Libyans on the list and ordered that those flying into Cairo be stopped for checks, Roshdy said.
Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr also asked his legal advisers to organize a meeting of all the authorities involved to “look into the necessary steps to quickly comply with the Libyan request within the framework of judicial treaties between the two countries,” Roshdy said.
Some of the suspects have been located and Egyptian authorities have asked their Libyan counterparts to provide the necessary documents in order to get the process moving, he said.
Egypt and Libya both witnessed historic uprisings in 2011 that ousted longtime autocratic leaders.