BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Samih Shoukry, stated on Sunday that his country seeks peace in Libya through the “Cairo Declaration,” but any threat to Egyptian and Arab national security will be met with a “firm response.”

The Egyptian Foreign Minister stressed that any threat to Egyptian or Arab national security is paramount and that the rejection of the Cairo Declaration by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey is perceived as a threat.

“Any threat to Egyptian and Arab security will receive a firm response,” stressing at the same time that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was clear yesterday in his talk about Libya and that “the military option is the last resort if there is a threat to Egyptian and Arab security.”

Following the GNA’s rejection of the Egyptian president’s comments about international legitimacy to interfere in the Libyan crisis, Shoukry said, “Al-Wefaq’s reading of the president’s speech (Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi) is wrong, and we hope that Al-Wefaq will have its mandate in the Skhirat agreement and not be overlooked …”

Shoukry also stressed that “Turkey’s attempts to expand its presence in Libya is unacceptable and an approach is repeated with the presence of military elements and the employment of mercenaries and terrorists in Syria, Iraq or Libya.”

He stressed that Egypt seeks to promote a political solution in Libya.

Shoukry continued that this does not prevent the continuation of work in the various frameworks, whether it is contact with neighboring countries or through the Arab League, or communication with the Libyan political spectrum to encourage them to reach a peace agreement in Libya.

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He pointed out that since the announcement of the Cairo Declaration, Egypt has been closely following all the military moves in the Sirte region.

He concluded by saying, “We call on all parties to exercise restraint and not to slide into any adventures, which may lead to undesirable results.”

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