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Libya’s GNA is ‘Captive’ of Extremist Militias: Sisi

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Sun, 15 Dec 2019 21:55 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi said on Sunday, December 15th that the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) is a “captive” of the armed militias in Tripoli.

“The interim government in Libya has failed to fulfil its duties because it is a captive of the armed militias in Tripoli,” said Al Sisi in press statements on the sidelines of the World Youth Forum (WYF) being held in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The Egyptian president said that his country did not resort to military intervention in Libya despite having its national security threatened by the current chaos in the troubled neighbour.

He added that the region’s interest lies in the prevalence of stability and balance.

Al Sisi asserted Egypt’s keenness to resolve the Libyan crisis through its chairmanship of the African Union as well as through regional efforts. He pointed out that the Egyptian stance on the Libyan crisis seeks a resolution that meets the Libyan people's aspirations and realises a comprehensive development in the North African nation.

The Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by General Khalifa Haftar, began a military operation in April to chase out all extremist militias in the capital city Tripoli, where they have prevailed since the beginning of Libya’s political turmoil in 2011.

The extremist militias are being backed by Ankara after a deal was agreed upon in November between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj, which drew wide international condemnation.


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