Head of High Council of State says Egypt's rulers won't have "military stunt" in Libya

Head of High Council of State says Egypt's rulers won't have "military stunt" in Libya

June 09, 2020 - 22:01
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the Libyan High Council of State (HCS) Khalid Al-Mishri has ruled out the possibility that Egypt will have a military adventure in Libya to support Khalifa Haftar, saying Egypt's interior policies can't handle a Yemen-like Abdel Nasser-era scenario.

Al-Mishri told Al Jazeera on Monday that GNA considers such news as unconfirmed as there isn't any official statements about Egyptian Army presence near the Libyan border, adding that Cairo fears that security violations can take place on its borders after the defeats of Haftar's forces, which include mercenaries from Sudan, and that the reinforcements inside Egyptian soil are Cairo's owned right.

He said the Egyptian initiative, which was rejected by the GNA, means that Cairo is approaching Libya peacefully not militarily.

"The Egyptian administration won't go for the option of entering Libya but for improving its relations with it and with the GNA. If Egypt entered Libya, the situation will get complicated and it will cost Cairo a lot, a thing it can't bear in terms of security and economy." Al-Mishri said.

"However, Egypt isn't looking for direct escalation in Libya even if it it's a staunch supporter of Haftar. If such a thing happened, eastern Libyan nationals can turn against Cairo." He added.