Thu, 16 Jul 2020 - 10:43 GMT
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 - 10:43 GMT
CAIRO – 16 July 2020: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Thursday said the main goal of the Egyptian efforts on Libya at all levels is to activate the free will of the Libyan people, for a better future for the country and the next generations, the Presidency said in a statement.
This comes as President Sisi is set to meet a delegation of Libyan tribal chiefs, who represent the Libyan people nationwide, according to Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi.
On Wednesday, the tribal delegation arrived in Egypt from Benghazi, where the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar are stationed, to discuss ways to end Turkey’s “blatant interference and violation of Libyan sovereignty.”
In a statement, the tribal council, to which the delegation belongs, said the Turkish behavior in Libya is supported by armed militias in the Western part of the country and represents a direct threat to Libya and the neighboring countries, including Egypt.
The council called for consolidating efforts with neighboring states to secure the national security of both Egypt and Libya, in a way that ensures independence of the national decision and preserve the resources of the Libyan people against “invaders”.
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The elected Libyan House of Representatives invited Monday the Egyptian Armed Forces to directly intervene in the country whenever there is a threat to the national security of both states, emphasizing the ongoing Turkish aggression and exquisiteness.
On the following day, the Supreme Council of Sheikhs and Lords of Libya supported the Libyan parliament’s calling for an Egyptian military intervention in Libya to end the Turkish unlawful existence.
The council’s spokesperson Sheikh Al Senousi said in press statements that any Egyptian intervention to protect the national security of both Libya and Egypt is totally justified.
Al Senousi added that all the Arab countries should participate in such intervention as Libya is considered to be an Arab cause, an Arab country that is being occupied by foreigners.
Al Senousi said that the council will send a delegation to meet the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi in order to discuss the possibility of a military intervention in the face of the Turkish unlawful existence.
In June, Sisi checked on the forces in the Western Military Zone, telling them, "The Egyptian Army is one of the strongest in the region. Yet, it is a wise army that protects but doesn't threaten, and is able to defend the national security of Egypt within and beyond its borders."
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The president said that the Air Force, the Special Forces, and the Border Guards have been securing 1,200 kilometers of borders with Libya for seven years, and accomplishing missions that have not been disclosed.
"I'm so happy to meet you today. I got assured about the high status of your combat and technical competence. I see the Air Force and Special Forces are ready to accomplish missions," the president told forces.
"Be ready to accomplish any mission whether here within our borders or - if needed – beyond our borders," president Sisi addressed the Air Force elements in the Western Military Zone.
Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Radi announced the news saying that Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki, Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid, and branch commanders were present.
The president warned in his speech in Sidi Barani district in Matrouh Governorate bordering Libya against the foreign intervention in Libya for it composes a threat to regional, European, and global security and stability.
The president asserted the withdrawal of mercenaries from Libya, and the necessity that militias give up their arms to the Libyan National Army (LNA).
"Any direct intervention by Egypt in Libya has become legitimate in line with UNSC resolutions, and upon the call of the legitimate authority in Libya," President Sisi said.
The president underlined the outcomes of Germany Conference held in January stating that all foreign powers shall refrain from supplying arms to Libyan armed groups.
"If Egypt had illegitimate goals in Libya, we would have intervened years ago. We would not accept that history documents that we intervened in time of Libya's weakness…Jufrah and Sirte are a red line…The current line must be maintained. The party who would not respect it, would attain neither the west nor the east. The political process must go forward," the president tells a representative of Libyan tribes.
Additional reporting by Noha El Tawil, Amr Kandil