Egypt's President agreed on military intervention in Libya | politics

The war in Libya seems to find no end: the soldiers of The internationally recognized government to fight against units of General Haftar, at the same time, Isl

Egypt's President agreed on military intervention in Libya | politics

The war in Libya seems to find no end: the soldiers of The internationally recognized government to fight against units of General Haftar, at the same time, Islamist groups are trying to expanding their influence. Now could interfere with a further Power in the bloody struggle.

Cairo (dpa) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has approved the army to a possible use in the neighboring war-torn country Libya was.

"Be ready for any Mission within our borders - or, if necessary, outside our borders," said Al-Sisi during a visit to an air base close to the Libyan border.

Egypt supported the Libya conflict, General Khalifa Haftar, whose allies against the forces of the internationally recognized government to fight. Haftar was able to push ahead with its Offensive on Tripoli, thanks to military aid from Egypt as well as Russia and the United Arab Emirates. The government, it pushed back the troops with the military help of Turkey but eventually.

Al-Sisi expressed for the first time publicly about a possible intervention in Libya. The army was "able to defend the national security of Egypt inside and outside the borders". Such a use was "legitimate," the President said according to a report by the state television from Saturday. The aim is to protect against threats from "terrorist militias and mercenaries was".

The Libyan government of Prime Minister Fajis al-Sarradsch referred to the possible use as a "hostile act". Al-Sisi's remarks would be a "Declaration of war", the government announced on Sunday. "We alone are the ones who determine the place and time of our military operations, to clean our country and the state to extend the violence of it."

Russia confirmed once more a peaceful solution. There is no Alternative to an immediate stop of all hostilities and, to a dialogue, said foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a telephone conversation with his Egyptian colleagues Samih Schukri. The basis for such talks should be according to the Russian view, the decisions of a Libya conference in January in Berlin.

Al-Sisi had announced two weeks ago after a Meeting with Haftar in Cairo, a new political Initiative of a ceasefire for Libya. No representatives of the Libyan government, however, was present. Egypt is concerned about the safety of the approximately 1200 kilometre long border in the barren desert land. There it came already several times to terrorist attacks. In addition, Al-Sisi wants to prevent Islamist groups to expand their influence in Libya.

Video of visit to air base

Updated Date: 23 June 2020, 03:35

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