Libyan Army under GNA says Egyptian President's threats speak of "war"
The Libyan Army under the command of the Government of National Accord (GNA) has condemned the statements and threats made by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, saying his threats are a flagrant intervention in Libya and a declaration of war.
The remarks came by the spokesman for the Sirte-Jufra Operations Room Abdelhadi Drah, who said Sisi's threats that say Sirte and Jufra are a red line are regarded as a declaration of war, adding that Libyan Army forces are willing to liberate all the areas from Khalifa Haftar's forces and their mercenaries as well as supporters.
The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said Sirte and Jufra cities in Libya are a red line for Egypt's security, adding that his country won't allow the Government of National Accord of Libya to cross the red line.
Sisi added Saturday in an address to Egyptian Army forces on the border with Libya that his country was willing to arm Libyan tribes and train Libyan youths to defend their land.
The GNA hasn't yet commented on the threats by the Egyptian President, however; Presidential Council member Mohammed Emmari Zayed said Sisi's words are encroachment on Libyan sovereignty and a threat to its national security along with the security of North Africa.
Zayed added that Sisi's threats are rejected, especially his intention to arm militias to fight the legitimate government in Libya, saying that these threats are against the international security as well as the Libyan security, as Libya is a sovereign state that won't accept a foreign party meddling in its internal affairs or threatening its unity.