İrem UZUN -TDO- Egypt’s parliament on Monday authorized the deployment of troops outside the country after the president threatened military action against Turkish-backed forces in Libya. Egypt's House of Representatives, packed with supporters of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, approved the plan after a closed-door session on Sunday where deputies discussed "threats faced by the state" from the west, where Egypt shares a porous desert border with war-torn Libya.
The parliament unanimously approved "the deployment of members of the Egyptian armed forces on combat missions outside Egypt's borders to defend Egyptian national security ... against criminal armed militias and foreign terrorist elements", it said in a statement. The deployment would be made on a "western front" - a likely reference to western neighbour Libya. The move could bring Egypt and Turkey - which support rival sides in Libya's chaotic proxy war - into direct confrontation.
"Egypt will spare no efforts to support the sister Libya to overcome the current critical crisis,” the Egyptian presidency said in a statement after a meeting of the National Defence Council on Sunday that was chaired by Sisi. In a call on Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump, Sisi emphasized Egypt’s aim to "prevent further deterioration of security in Libya,” according to a statement from the Egyptian presidential spokesman. It said the two leaders agreed on maintaining a cease-fire and avoiding a military escalation in Libya.