Understanding Egyptian Policy Toward Libya

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Mieczyslaw Boduszynski, Mohamed Arafa

Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/understanding-egyptian-policy-toward-libya/

Egypt’s policy toward Libya has been driven by legitimate security concerns, economic ties, a desire for stability in its western neighbor, and the political and ideological goals of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi and his backers, who seek to sideline the Muslim Brotherhood at home and abroad and install strong-armed rule in Libya as a bulwark against instability. Contradictions in Cairo’s position—supporting the United Nations-led political dialogue while offering thinly veiled support to the self-styled leader of the “Libyan National Army,” Khalifa Haftar, along with the Eastern Libyan government—can be explained in light of these multiple interests and how, in the eyes of Cairo, they converge in the person of Haftar and his vision for the country…

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