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U.S. National Security Council Warns of Military Escalation in Libya

Mon 22 Jun 2020 | 04:59 PM

The US National Security Council said on Monday via NSC's official Twitter account that the US opposes military escalation in Libya and calls for a ceasefire and for parties to negotiate.

“The United States strongly opposes military escalation in Libya – on all sides. We urge parties to commit to a ceasefire and resume negotiations immediately." it tweeted.

NSC stressed the need to complete progress made through the UN’s 5+5 talks, the Cairo Initiative, and the Berlin process.

The tweet comes a day after the speech of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, which he delivered during his visit to the Air Force combat units in the western military zone in the presence of the leaders of the armed forces.

Sisi said that his country received direct threats from the “terrorist mercenaries and militias” supported in Libya, which makes any military intervention by Cairo now legitimate.

Sisi's speech over Libya's security

“Any direct intervention by the Egyptian state has now gained international legitimacy,” said el-Sisi.

According to the head of state, the purpose of using military force will be to protect the Egyptian border and achieve a ceasefire and establish peace and order in a neighbouring state.

“If Egypt had illegitimate goals in Libya, we would have intervened years ago. Egypt supports a political solution but the situation is now different…Jufrah and Sirte are a red line…The current line must be maintained. The party which does not respect it, will attain neither the west nor the east. The political process must go forward,” the president has told a representative of Libyan tribes.

The president warned in his speech in Sidi Barani district, situated in the Matrouh Governorate bordering Libya, against the foreign intervention in Libya for it composes a threat to regional, European, and global security and stability.

The president called for the withdrawal of mercenaries from Libya, and stressed the need for militias to give up their arms to the Libyan National Army (LNA).