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The African Union (A.U.) Commission has appointed former Djiboutian Prime Minister Dalita Mohamed Dalita as its special envoy to Libya.
"The move reflects the A.U.'s keenness on following up developments in Libya," Dalita told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.
He said Libya tops the agenda of the pan-African body, "which gives priority to tackling crises in some African countries."
"The A.U.'s preventive diplomacy helps solve crises before getting escalated," Dalita said, going on to reiterate the A.U.'s support "for the Libyan people to achieve peace and stability."
"The A.U. and international partners will work to help the Libyan people," he said, signaling the organization's readiness to work with all political actors in Libya.
Dalita is a member of a high-level A.U. panel that is compiling a report on Egypt's membership in the body, which was suspended last summer following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the army.
Fears of a possible Libyan civil war have mounted in recent weeks since renegade general Khalifa Haftar declared war on armed militias – some of which have been absorbed into the regular army – in the eastern city of Benghazi.
Haftar says his campaign, dubbed "Operation Dignity," is aimed at "purging" Libya of "extremists."
But the government has described the move as an attempted coup against constitutional legitimacy.
Meanwhile, the head of a high-level African Union (A.U.) panel expects Egypt's membership in the pan-African body to be reactivated.
"We all support Egypt's return [to the A.U.]; this will not take a long time [to happen]," Alpha Oumar Konare said at a dinner hosted by Kuwaiti Ambassador to Ethiopia Rashid al-Hajiri late Wednesday and attended by an Anadolu Agency reporter.
The A.U. suspended Egypt's membership last summer, two days after the military deposed elected president Mohamed Morsi after only one year in office. The suspension is an automatic measure taken in the event of an unconstitutional change of government in an A.U. member state.
The panel, which has visited Egypt three times since Morsi's ouster, is due to submit a report about developments in Egypt to the Peace and Security Council, the A.U.'s main decision-making body, later this month.
Konare, a former Malian president, said the panel's report would be "positive." He did not elaborate further.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected to preside over the upcoming meeting of the 15-member council, scheduled for June 25, at which members will discuss unfreezing Egypt's membership.
The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the 23rd A.U. Summit, which will be hosted by Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, from June 20 to 27.
"What happened between the A.U. and Egypt was a misunderstanding," Konare said. "Africa needs Egypt and Egypt needs Africa."
"Egypt's power serves Africa and the Arabs," he added. "The A.U. had positive contributions to supporting Egypt."
The A.U. panel chief said there was a desire to resume Egypt's A.U. membership in May, but gave no further details.
He voiced hope for a "comprehensive dialogue in Egypt in which all parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, will be included."
Former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who led Morsi's ouster, was inaugurated Egypt's president on Sunday after winning a presidential election last month.
The A.U. had sent a 45-strong mission, led by former Mauritanian premier Mohamed Lemine Ould Guig, to observe the vote.
In a preliminary report, the mission said that the polls had been conducted in a peaceful and orderly environment, but criticized a crackdown on protests and the mass arrest of activists in the run-up to the vote.
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