Egyptian parliament authorizes possible intervention in Libya


CAIRO, July 20 (Reuters) – The Egyptian Parliament on Monday gave its authorization to President Abdel Fattah al Sisi to launch a possible military operation in Libya by approving the deployment of armed forces abroad to fight “terrorist groups” and “militias”.
Abdel Fattah al Sisi warned on Thursday that Egypt would not remain passive in the event of an initiative that could constitute a direct threat to its own security or that of Libya.
The Egyptian president, along with the United Arab Emirates and Russia, supports Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls eastern Libya on the border with Egypt. The forces of Marshal Haftar confront in Libya the troops of the government of national agreement (GEN) supported militarily by Turkey.
In a statement about its vote on Monday, the Egyptian parliament said Egyptian forces would defend national security on a “strategic” western front. It does not provide details or a timeline, nor does it explicitly cite Libya or Turkey.
Egyptian public television subsequently broadcast banners with this inscription: “Egypt and Libya, one people, one destiny”.
Abdel Fattah al Sisi spoke on Monday, shortly before the vote in Parliament, with Donald Trump.
The American president also spoke about Libya with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during a telephone interview. On Twitter, the French president said he had “a great discussion about Libya with my friend” Donald Trump. (Ulf Laessing, Nadine Awadalla, Mahmoud Mourad, Samar Hassan, Ahmed Tolba, Nayera Abdalla, Nadia El-Gowely, editorial staff in Cairo, Michelle Nichols at the United Nations and Steve Holland Washington, French version Bertrand Boucey)

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