Libya: Tripoli accuses Sisi of 'threatening intervention'

'Surprise' over Egyptian president's words Sunday

16 December, 18:21

    CAIRO - Tripoli's government on Monday expressed deep concern for statements made Sunday by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, considering them a ''threat'' to intervene in Libya. In a statement published on the Facebook page of its press office, the presidential council of the government led by Fayez al-Sarraj explicitly referred to the sentence in which Sisi described the government in Tripoli as ''hostage of armed and terrorist forces''. Surprise was also expressed by the presidential council also over allegations that he could ''proceed with a direct intervention in Libya''. As reported by the Arabic website of CNN, Sisi said that ''we should have intervened directly in Libya and we can do it but we haven't because the Libyan people would never forget any direct intervention on security''. Sarraj's council said in the statement that it understood ''the right of the Egyptian State'' to ''national security but does not accept any threat on its sovereignty''. The statement urged ''Egyptian authorities to revise their position on the Libyan crisis and to play a positive role that reflects the depth of historic relations between the two brother countries''. 


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