Libya: the parliament agreed to an intervention of the egyptian army in the event of a threat

Libye: le parlement d’accord pour une intervention de l’armée égyptienne en cas de menace

The parliament based in eastern Libya, who supported the field marshal Khalifa Haftar, said on the night of Monday to Tuesday that it would allow for a possible intervention of the egyptian army against Turkey in Libya in the event of a “threat”.

“The armed forces in egypt to intervene to protect the national security of libya and egypt, if they see an imminent threat to the safety and security of our two countries”, said in a statement that the parliament elected in 2014, but divided in the image of the country between pro-and anti-Haftar.

The parliament was responding to a speech by the egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sissi on 20 June, in which he had threatened to intervene directly in Libya, in response to a direct involvement of Turkey in this country that is torn by divisions.

Relations between Cairo and Ankara have deteriorated since the overthrow in 2013 of the islamist president Mohamed Morsi, supported by Turkey.

With the support of Ankara, the forces loyal to the Government of national unity (GNA), based in Tripoli and recognized by the united nations, have chalked up significant victories since the beginning of June, regaining control of the whole of the north-west of Libya.

The troops rival of marshal Haftar, strong man of the east libyan supported among others by Egypt, have for their part been in decline in recent months, suffering setbacks on the ground who have signed the failure of their attack on Tripoli was launched in April 2019.

“We call for concerted efforts between the two fraternal countries Libya and Egypt, to ensure the defeat of the occupying invader (Turkey) and to preserve our national security policy”, added the parliament of libya in its press release.

“The dangers posed by the Turkish occupation represents a direct threat to our country and to neighbouring countries, especially to Egypt”, has added the same source.

The Parliament does not recognize the legitimacy of the head of the GNA Fayez al-Sarraj, and supports a government rival based in the east and the”libyan national Army” (NLA), self-proclaimed field marshal Haftar.

Libya’s parliament is also weakened by divisions. In addition to those who boycott, a quarantine of members of anti-Haftar left for Tripoli, where they have elected another chairman of the meeting.

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