Egypt’s threats against Libya are meaningless, Tripoli said

TRIPOLI, (BM) – The threats of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to invade Libya are pointless. Such a statement in response to warnings from Cairo made the head of the Supreme State Council of Libya, Khalid Almishri, learned

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The head of the political body, which collaborates with the Government of National Accord (GNA), noted that the Egyptian president maintains a dialogue with “those who are deprived of the support of the people.”

At the same time, according to Almishri, Libya is confidently moving towards the creation of a sovereign democratic state. “El-Sisi is well aware that the people he met [the leader of some tribes – ed.] do not represent the interests of the Libyan state,” the head of the state council concluded.

On July 14, the ruling parliament in the east of the country, with the support of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar decided to allow the Egyptian military to intervene in the Libyan conflict.

In early June, Egypt put forward the Cairo peace initiative, outlining a path for a political settlement in Libya and calling for warring parties to cease fire since 8 June.

The proposal was welcomed by the Arab League, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but was rejected by the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey.

“We call for joint efforts between the two brotherly nations – Libya and Egypt – in order to defeat the occupier and maintain our common security and stability in our country and region,” the statement read.

It added that the parliament “welcomes the words of the Egyptian President, spoken in the presence of representatives of Libyan tribes.”

“The Egyptian armed forces have the right to intervene to protect Libyan and Egyptian national security if they see an imminent threat to the security of our two countries,” the statement added.

Before four weeks ago []June 20 – ed.] Egyptian armed forces conducted an exercise near Libya’s border. The drills, codenamed Resolve 2020, took place in the northwestern district of Qabr Gabis, some 37 miles (60 kilometres) away from the Libyan border.

Prior to this, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said that his country was ready to help the Libyan tribes in the fight against foreign interference by training and arming them. The head of state also noted that any direct intervention of Egypt in Libya has legitimacy under international law, as it will aim to stop the bloodshed.

Any direct intervention by the Egyptian state has now gained international legitimacy,” said al-Sisi. According to him, this right is based on the need to protect the borders of Egypt from terrorist groups, put an end to bloodshed in Libya and support efforts to launch a political process there under the auspices of the UN.

Al-Sisi added that Cairo will not allow the Libyan Government’s National Accord (GNA) forces to take the city of Sirte and the municipality of Al Jufra, which are under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to the president, this will become a “red line”, which Egypt will not allow to cross.

“The Libyan national army will fight against Turkey and its mercenaries,” Haftar said while inspecting the military camp in Benghazi on July 6.

According to the commander-in-chief, it consists in combating Turkish expansion and hired militants who arrived in Libya from Ankara, and not with the so-called Government of National Accord (GNA).

According to Haftar, “a soldier is a status that is given to those who show allegiance to their country. A status that not everyone deserves.” In his opinion, a soldier is a person who has been taught to fight, to sacrifice everything for the sake of the Motherland and to be organized.

The Libyan military, according to Haftar, needs to remember why and against whom they are fighting. Their enemies are foreign occupiers and militants. Libya is now in a difficult situation – Turkey is making attempts to capture it with the help of Syrian militants.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN.

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).

At the same time, the GNA is actively supporting Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.


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