BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) announced its rejection of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s statement in which he talked about the possibility of Egypt’s military intervention in Libya.
According to the statement, the Government of National Accord views El-Sisi’s statement as a “declaration of war.”
In a statement issued on Sunday, the Presidential Council affiliated with the GNA said, “The state of Libya affirms that interference in its internal affairs and infringement of state sovereignty, whether through media statements of some countries as happened by the Egyptian President, or support for coups, militias and mercenaries, is unacceptable. It is reprehensible and is considered a hostile act, a blatant interference and a declaration of war. ”
The Presidential Council continued: “We remind everyone that the Government of National Accord is the only legitimate representative of the Libyan state and it alone has the right to determine the form and type of its agreements and alliances.”
The Presidential Council pointed out that the GNA has been calling for “years ago for a peaceful political solution to the crisis in the country, while “some countries threaten military intervention.”
He added: “We will face vigorously any threat to our country, and those countries should pay attention to their problems and security threats within their territories.”
El-Sisi said on Saturday that any direct intervention by Egypt in Libya has international legitimacy. He directed the Egyptian army to prepare for military operations outside the country.
These developments come at a time when the Turkish-backed GNA forces are preparing to launch an attack on the city of Sirte, which is controlled by the Libyan National Army, which is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Egypt.