Currently, Egypt can carry out an intervention in Libya on legitimate grounds, said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, calling on the army to be ready for action abroad, the media reports.
“Any direct intervention by the Egyptian state has now acquired international legitimacy,” the media quoted the president’s statement, speaking to the audience after visiting an Egyptian air force base near the border with Libya.
Before the speech, he spoke to the airbase, saying, “Be prepared to carry out any mission here, within our borders – or, if necessary, outside our borders.
During the speech after his visit to the Al-Sisi base, he said that Egypt has the right to defend itself after receiving “direct threats” from “terrorist militias and mercenaries” supported by foreign countries in Libya.
He explained that the main goals of any intervention would be to protect the 1,200 kilometers of Egypt’s western border, promote a ceasefire, and restore stability and peace in Libya.
Earlier, Egypt had initiated a ceasefire in Libya by proposing the establishment of an elected governing council.
The proposal was supported by Russia, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates, but Turkey rejected the plan.
Libya has long had two parallel executive bodies: the UNrecognized and Tripoli-based Government of National Accord Fayez Sarraj and the interim cabinet of Abdullah Abdurrahman al-Thani, operating in the east and supported by the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar.
Recently, the TNC forces, with Turkish military support, have been actively squeezing the Haftar Army.
According to media, Haftar forces are supported by Russia, France, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt. The government in Tripoli, in turn, is supported by Turkey, Qatar, and Italy.