September 24, 2019 / 3:28 PM / a month ago

Egypt's Sisi says need to stop external actors interfering in Libya

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that a concerted effort was needed to stop militias taking control of Libya and to prevent external actors from intervening there.

Sisi said in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly that the oil-producing North African state needed to be saved from “the ensuing chaos by militias and prevent the intervention of external actors in Libya’s internal affairs.”

Egypt, along with the United Arab Emirates, is a supporter of Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, whose Libya National Army (LNA) has been trying to take Tripoli from forces allied with the internationally recognized government (GNA). Turkey backs the GNA. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and John Irish; editing by Grant McCool)

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