CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-supported authorities is held hostage by “armed and terrorist militias” within the capital, Tripoli, Egypt’s chief mentioned Sunday.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi mentioned in televised feedback that the Authorities of Nationwide Accord “isn’t in a position to have a free and actual will as a result of they’ve been taken hostage by armed and terrorist militias there.”
The GNA is backed by Egypt’s regional rivals Turkey and Qatar.
El-Sissi mentioned his nation has been “negatively affected” by the battle in Libya, which descended into chaos after the 2011 civil struggle that ousted and killed long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
Final week, the Egyptian president mentioned a complete political answer can be achieved within the coming months that may put an finish to a “terrorist hotbed that pushes militants and weapons to (Libya’s) neighboring international locations together with Egypt.”
Within the chaos that adopted Gadhafi’s demise, Libya was divided into two elements, a weak U.N.-supported administration in Tripoli and a rival authorities within the east aligned with the self-styled Libyan Nationwide Military, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter.
Hifter has for months been preventing an array of militias allied with the Tripoli authorities to wrest management of the capital. He’s backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, in addition to France and Russia, whereas the Tripoli-based authorities receives support from Turkey, Qatar and Italy.
The Libyan commander on Thursday declared a “closing” and decisive battle for Tripoli, unleashing heavy clashes on the southern reaches of the town up to now two days towards the Tripoli-based militias.
El-Sissi’s feedback got here amid heightened tensions with Turkey after a controversial maritime border settlement it signed final month with Libya’s U.N.-based authorities.
Greece, Egypt and Cyprus, which lie between the 2 geographically, have denounced the deal as being opposite to worldwide legislation, and Greece expelled the Libyan ambassador final week over the difficulty.