Tue, 21 Jul 2020 - 10:30 GMT
File - Al Azhar
CAIRO - 21 July 2020: Al Azhar stressed its support for all measures adopted by the Egyptian leadership to protect national security and borders in the face of foreign threats.
In a statement on Monday, Azhar underlined the importance of being aware of the dangers and challenges besetting Egypt in the current stage.
Azhar stressed the importance of closing ranks for the best interests of the nation. It hailed Egypt's keenness on realizing peaceful solutions.
On July 20, The Egyptian House of Representatives has authorized President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to “take necessary measures” to protect national security, giving a green light for the president to send troops to Libya.
The members attending the session are not authorized to disclose any details of the discussion inside this secret meeting.
Libya is suffering a severe division between two factions; the Libyan Parliament and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in the east and the GNA led by Fayez Al-Sarraj. The latter is internationally recognized but is not accepted by the Parliament.
Hundreds were killed in continuous battles between the LNA and the forces of the GNA, over the past year.
The Egyptian army’s planned intervention in Libya has been justified by the presence of militias in the war-torn country, which allegedly threatens the national security of both Libya and its eastern neighbor, Egypt.
During his meeting with the tribal chiefs on July 16, Sisi said Egypt has always stood by a peaceful solution in Libya through encouraging negotiations between Libyan factions. However, it will not stand idly as it watches activities that threaten Egypt’s national security.
“Egypt has the strongest Army in the region and Africa,” he said, adding that it is, however, wise and does not assail or invade other territories.
He noted that in case the Egyptian forces entered Libya, they will be led by tribal leaders carrying the Libyan flag. He added that the army intervention in Libya has to be approved by the Egyptian House of Representatives.
Sisi promised that Egypt will intervene "only at the Libyans' request and withdraw upon their order.”