Egypt warns grave consequence over Turkish military intervention in Libya

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. EPA-EFE/Mohamed Hossam

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Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned of the grave consequences against any Turkish military intervention in Libya, stressing that such an intervention would hinder any Libyan peace process and Mediterranean stability.

The ministry also held several meetings with European ambassadors, including the US ambassador in Cairo, to keep them abreast with Egypt’s stance on the Turkish intervention.

Moreover, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned on Sunday the “recent Turkish escalation” in the Libyan cause and the approval of the Turkish parliament to send troops to Libya. According to a statement of the foreign ministry, the kingdom considers the Turkish move a violation of Security Council resolutions.

“The kingdom affirms that this Turkish escalation represents a threat to security and stability in Libya, and a threat to Arab and regional security, as it is an interference in the internal affairs of an Arab country in violation to international principles and covenants,” read the statement.

See also: Turkish soldiers deployment in Libya starts

About a month ago, Ankara and GNA signed two memorandums of understanding to demarcate maritime borders between Libya and Turkey in the Mediterranean, in a step which outraged Egypt, Greece, and Israel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now said troops have begun moving into Libya.

He said their mission was to ensure stability for the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

Read more via BBC/ Egypt Daily News

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