Sisi, Putin agree to work against ‘illegitimate’ intervention in Libya

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Fri, 27 Dec 2019 - 01:57 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi shake hands during a signing ceremony following their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi - Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi shake hands during a signing ceremony following their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi - Reuters

CAIRO - 27 December 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Russian counterpart agreed on a phone call Friday to concert joint efforts aimed at putting an end to illegitimate foreign interventions in Libya, producing a settlement, and combating militias and terror organizations.

In a different context, President Sisi praised the development projects whereas both countries cooperate, including Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant and the Russian Industrial Zone (RIZ) in SCzone, as indicated in a statement released by the Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.

On his side, the Russian president stressed the significance his country gives to bilateral relations, particularly in the upcoming period, within the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Deal signed last year.

Libya’s non-elected Government of National Accord (GNA) requested on Thursday Turkish military intervention providing air, ground, and sea support to its militias in Tripoli against the attempts of the Libyan National Army (LNA) to capture the capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan stated earlier on Thursday that troops will be sent to Libya upon the request of the interim government in Tripoli and that the parliament is expected to pass the decree on January 8.

On Thursday, the Turkish gazette published the endorsement of the MoU on military and security cooperation signed by Turkey and GNA on November 27 announcing its enactment. On December 21, the Turkish parliament’s plenary session approved the MoU’s endorsement.

The UN-backed non-elected GNA has not reached an agreement with LNA and is protected by militias. Since April, the LNA has been attempting to enter Tripoli and captured Mitiga airport for days. The LNA currently controls the majority of Libya’s territories while GNA’s militias occupy the northwestern corner of the country sharing borders with Tunisia. Some relatively small districts in the south are held by tribal militias. The LNA is backed by the Libyan House of Representatives and the government based in Tobruk eastern the country.

Chief of Staff of the Libyan Naval Force Faraj al-Mahdawi said on December 22 that the navy is on high alert to confront any possible attack by Turkish forces on Libya. "The army is also ready for action and will block any backup for the militias and prevent access of Turkish forces into the Libyan lands," Mahdawi told Al-Arabiya.

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