El-Sisi Tells La Repubblica: No To Foreign Intervention In Libya, Yes To Reconstruction
In the second part of his interview to the Italian daily La Republica, published Thursday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi warns against a foreign intervention in Libya, which would turn the country in another Somalia, and insists that with adequate material and political backing, the Libyan National Army can do the job. The Italian daily published an abridged version of the both parts of the interview in its English editions.
"There are five questions we need to ask. One: how do we get into Libya and how do we get out? Two: who will be responsible for re-establishing the armed forces and the security apparatus? Three: in the course of the mission, how will we manage security and protect the population? Four: will the intervention be able to provide for the needs of all the communities and peoples of Libya? Five: who will take care of physically rebuilding the country? Because in order to be successful, external intervention must be able to take control of all aspects of life in the country. I do not want to appear to be exaggerating these questions, but these are the problems we will come up against, if there is an intervention on the ground. In any case it is very important that any Italian, European or international initiative is at the request of Libya and under the mandate of the United Nations and the Arab League."
El-Sisi says that Egypt is putting pressure on the Parliament in Tobruk to approve the unity government, however, there is a fundamental mistake.
And although el-Sisi did not mention them, the journalist remarks, various jihadist organizations of this type are operating in Libya, many are close to the government of Tripoli and are often opposed to ISIS.
The alternative to a Western intervention is the Libyan National Army of General Haftar, the army connected to the Parliament in Tobruk.
Refugees and traffic of human beings has origin in wars, but also in poverty, he stressed. That is why Europe
He concluded, speaking directly in English:
He then concludes, stressing his words in English.