LIBYA: “EGYPT’S PRESIDENT IS BEATING THE DRUMS OF WAR”


22/06/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Libya's internationally recognized government has denounced Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's threats of military intervention, saying his comments were akin to "beating the drums of war". Abdurrahman Shater, a member of the GNA-allied Libyan High Council of State, said his country's security and democracy have been in danger since el-Sisi insisted on bringing in military troops that Libyans did not accept. "Take your hands off us, do not repeat the tragedy in Yemen," he tweeted. Shater also said Egypt has intervened in Libya's internal affairs for four years.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday said that Egypt has the right of international legitimacy at this point, based on the United Nations Charter, to militarily intervene in the Libyan crisis. During a televised speech at the Western Military Zone, Sisi added that Egypt has also received support from the Libyan House of Representatives to intervene in the Libyan crisis. He warned forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli not to cross the current front line between them and forces loyal to renegade commander Khalifa Haftar, whom Cairo backs.


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