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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Egypt’s steps in Libya as “illegal”, especially in regards to their vow to intervene in the neighboring in country if the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forces attack Sirte and Al-Jafra.

Erdogan said that “Egypt’s steps in Libya and its support for the commander of eastern Libyan forces, Khalifa Haftar, are illegal,” according to the Reuters news agency.

Earlier in the week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said that his country would not stand idle in the face of any direct threat to Egyptian and Libyan national security, after the Libyan parliament called on Cairo this week to intervene militarily in the conflict.

According to the Egyptian presidential statement: “The main goal of the Egyptian efforts at all levels towards Libya is to activate the free will of the Libyan people for a better future for their country and for future generations of their children.”

The Egyptian President stated that “the red lines that I announced before are mainly a call for peace and an end to the conflict in Libya.”

This came during the Egyptian President’s meeting with the sheikhs and notables of the Libyan tribes under the slogan “Egypt and Libya are one people and one destiny.”

For their part, the sheikhs and notables of the Libyan tribes gave their full authorization to Sisi and the Egyptian Armed Forces to intervene to protect Libyan sovereignty and take all measures to secure the interests of the national security of Libya and Egypt and face common challenges, in order to cement the Libyan parliament’s call for Egypt to intervene to protect the Libyan people and preserve the unity and territorial integrity of his country.

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Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2020-07-19 02:36

Libya’s eastern-based parliament has said it would “welcome” Egyptian military intervention in the country’s civil war to counter what it calls “breaches of Libya’s sovereignty” by Turkey.

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2020-07-19 05:23
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Precisely.
Turkey is already occupying territory in Iraq and Syria as a start of their neo-Ottoman expansion. The Egyptians are not going to let the Turks try and occupy any significant Libyan territory with all the implications for access to Libyan oil and security related to air / sea access.

Aram
Aram
2020-07-19 06:08
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Turkey arms ISIS.

Eddy
Eddy
2020-07-18 23:54

On rare occasions, Erdogan makes me laugh. He’s mimicking some young Sultan from the 1500’s who took over the largest, Christian Cathedral in Constantinople and made it a Mosque. Erdogan even recited the same words of the ancient Sultan when he recently converted that Christian Cathedral/Museum to a Mosque somewhere in Turkey’
I suspect he’s growing increasingly desperate and is ‘on his way out’..

Aram
Aram
2020-07-19 06:07
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turkey is an illegal state