Egypt and Development of the Military Situation in Libya

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Mahmoud Gamal

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After the militias of Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the self-styled “Libyan National Army”, had fully controlled the territory of the eastern region, Haftar declared on 4 April 2019 the launch of the “Operation Flood of Dignity” against Tripoli, the Libyan capital, allegedly to “liberate” it from what he called “terrorists and extremists”.

After launching his military operation to enter and control Tripoli, Haftar visited Cairo and met with General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on 14 April 2019 to discuss the developments of the situation in Libya. A statement from Sisi’s office “confirmed Egypt’s support for efforts to combat terrorism and extremist groups and militias to achieve security and stability for Libyan citizens throughout the country, allow the establishment of a stable and sovereign civil state, and start reconstruction and development of Libya in all fields to meet the aspirations of the Libyan people”. However, the statement did not mention Haftar’s offensive directly.

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