President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi: Any Intervention in Libya by Egyptian Forces “Would Be Led by the Libyan Tribes”

Libya’s Sirte and Al-Jufra are considered the red line for Egyptian national security

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Saturday that any direct Egyptian intervention in Libya would have international legitimacy at this point.

The president made the statement in a televised speech while inspecting Egypt’s Western Military Zone accompanied by the heads and elders of Libyan tribes, Egyptian Minister of Defence and General Commander of the Armed Forces Mohamed Zaki, Chief-of-Staff Mohamed Farid, as well as leaders of the main branches of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

El-Sisi explained that any intervention in Libya by Egyptian forces “would be led by the Libyan tribes,” and stressed that “we only aspire for stability in Libya.”

He emphasised that Egypt has no ambitions in Libya, and only wishes to restore security and stability in the country.

“We will not be invaders… we only want a stable, safe and developed Libya.”

“We call on the Libyan parties to respect the current lines and start negotiations,” El-Sisi said, adding that “Libya’s Sirte and Al-Jufra are considered the red line for Egyptian national security.”

The president said that Egypt has called for a comprehensive settlement in Libya that involves the elimination of terrorist militias and has participated in Libya-related international conferences and supported crisis-resolution efforts.

El-Sisi pointed out that the Libyan-Libyan Cairo Declaration initiative came in line with international accords and efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis.

The Cairo Declaration is a new joint political initiative announced earlier this month by El-Sisi, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar, and Libya’s parliament speaker Aguila Saleh to resolve the Libyan crisis and end the armed conflict in the Arab country.

The initiative, which has been welcomed by various foreign and Arab countries, mandates an intra-Libyan resolution as a basis for resolving the country’s conflict under resolutions by the UN and past efforts in Paris, Rome, Abu Dhabi, and most recently in Berlin.

During his speech on Saturday, El-Sisi warned against illegal foreign interference in Libya, which he said not only worsens the security situation in Libya, but also affects regional and international security.

“These external parties are working to violate the sovereignty of Arab countries, do not want stability in the region, and contribute to the movement of terrorists,” the president said.

A representative of the Libyan tribes called upon President El-Sisi to protect Libya, saying, “On behalf of the Libyan tribes, we strongly request that you protect Libya and preserve its sovereignty and wealth for the benefit of the Libyan people.”

El-Sisi responded to the call and said that Egypt “is ready to support the Libyan brothers upon request,” and expressed Egypt’s readiness to train and arm the Libyan tribal youth under the supervision of leaders of the Libyan tribes.

Earlier in his speech, the president stressed that it has become imperative for the Egyptian Armed Forces to be ready in light of the instability that prevails in the region.

“I appreciate and value the efforts of the Armed Forces in protecting the western gate,” he said.

During his inspection tour of Egypt’s Western Military Zone, El-Sisi said that the Egyptian army is one of the strongest in the region, and that it is a wise army that protects, not threatens.

The Egyptian military is the ninth most powerful in the world, according to the Global Firepower Index’s 2020 military strength ranking.

“Our army is able to protect Egypt’s national security,” the president said, “inside and outside the borders of the homeland.”

Ahram

Libyan tribes loyal to eastern forces call on Sisi to defend Libya, preserve sovereignty

Tribes in Libya loyal to eastern forces have called upon Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday to defend Libya and preserve its sovereignty and resources, a tribal representative said on Saturday.

Mansour Basisi, a representative of the Libyan tribes, asked El-Sisi to “strongly defend Libya and safeguard its sovereignty and resources.”

His call came after El-Sisi said that any direct Egyptian intervention in Libya would have international legitimacy at this point.

The president made the statement in a televised speech while inspecting Egypt’s Western Military Zone accompanied by the heads and elders of Libyan tribes, Egyptian Minister of Defence and General Commander of the Armed Forces Mohamed Zaki, Chief-of-Staff Mohamed Farid, as well as leaders of the main branches of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

El-Sisi explained that any intervention in Libya by Egyptian forces “would be led by the Libyan tribes,” and stressed that “we only aspire for stability in Libya.”

“Egyptian security and Libyan security are one and the same due to the blood ties between the two countries and their deep societal relations,” Basisi said.

He also affirmed the tribes’ unlimited support of the Libyan leadership represented in the parliament led by speaker Aguila Saleh and commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar.

Basisi stressed the tribes’ rejection of any foreign interference in Libya’s domestic affairs and any designs on its resources.

“We have examples from the past and lessons from the reality and tragedies of foreign occupation, which has only resulted in ignorance that left us more than 300 years behind other nations,” he said.

Basisi stressed the tribes’ appreciation for Egypt’s “unlimited support” and for standing behind the Libyan parliament and its armed forces in its war against terrorism and extremism.

He lauded Egypt’s support in preserving Libyan stability and security amid “territorial ambitions” by some states both regionally and internationally.

“Libya is a sovereign state. No country is allowed to tamper with its lands or its sovereignty, borders and resources,” he said, calling on the Arab League, the UN, the EU, the African Union and international human rights groups and NGOs to stand by the Libyan people against the “aggressors.”

Ahram

Egypt is the real partner for achieving security in Libya; not Turkey

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – The Director of Moral Guidance Department of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Brigadier Khaled Al Mahjoub, said that Egypt is aware of the seriousness of foreign interference in Libya and terrorist threats.

Mahjoub added, in statements, that Egypt is the real partner for achieving security in Libya; not Turkey.

He pointed out that the number of mercenaries has increased dramatically in Libya for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, and that Turkey seeks to achieve economic goals by its interference in Libya.

LNA Air Force declare West Sirte a closed military operations zone

The Libyan Address Journal

The Libyan National Army’s Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Saqr al-Jurushi, has declared that the West Sirte region as a closed military operations zone, due to the military build-up in the area between the LNA and the forces of the Tripoli-based “National Accord” Government.

In a statement released by the LNA spokesman, Lt. Gen. al-Jurushi stated that” the area extending from Wadi Jarif to the Al-Washka area to the west is considered a military operations zone, and all citizens must not be in this area.”