The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TOBRUK – The Libyan parliament has welcomed the latest remarks by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, in which he warned that Cairo will not allow Turkey-backed militias in Libya to take over the coastal city of Sirte.
In a statement released on Sunday, Aguila Saleh, the Speaker of Libya’s House of Representatives, said that Sisi’s remarks “came in response to our call before the Egyptian parliament on the need to intervene and support our armed forces in its war on terror and to confront foreign invasion.”
A conflict sparked last year between the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) after the latter launched a military operation in the capital.
The conflict was aggravated by security agreements signed last November between GNA and Turkey, which paved the way for Ankara to send its own troops as well as Syrian mercenaries to fight with GNA.
Earlier this month, LNA forces unilaterally retreated from Tripoli and other western cities in an effort to establish a ceasefire and relaunch the peace process. However, Turkey-backed GNA armed groups exploited LNA’s withdrawal to attack Tarhuna, Sirte and Jufra.
Over 2,000 people were displaced from those cities following GNA’s offense, according to the United Nations.
Saleh’s commended Egypt’s efforts to resolve the conflict in Libya, the last of which was a peace initiative launched by Sisi in ordination with Saleh and LNA’s Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in early June. The initiative received acclaim from the international community but was rejected by GNA.
He also criticized some countries that are fueling the Libyan conflict, in reference to Turkey, by smuggling weapons and mercenaries “to achieve their colonial goals”.