Sisi receives green light for military intervention in Libya

In response to Turkey’s intervention in Libya and its support for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), the Benghazi-based Libyan House of Representatives, allied with the Libyan National Army (LNA) headed by General Khalifa Haftar, requested the support of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who saw Turkey’s intervention as a threat Egyptian national security.

In light of the differences between Turkey and Egypt, the latter decided to support General Khalifa Haftar in his war against the Turkish-backed GNA.

On Thursday, Sisi stated that Egypt will not stand idly by in the face of any direct threat to Egyptian and Libyan national security, after the House of Representatives called on Cairo to intervene militarily in the civil war and stop Turkish aggression against Libya.

Sisi’s latest comments come after a month after he warned that the Egyptian military could enter Libya if the GNA and its Turkish allies move on Sirte and Al-Jafra, the center of Libya’s most productive oil region.

“Egypt has the ability to change the military landscape quickly and decisively, if it wishes to do so,” said Sisi.