July 16, 2020 / 2:36 PM / 18 days ago

Sisi says Egypt will not stand idle to threat to Egyptian and Libyan security

FILE PHOTO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen during a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, Belarus June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/File Photo

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will not stand idle in the face of any moves that pose a direct threat to Egyptian and Libyan national security, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday, according to a presidency statement.

The statement also said tribal leaders meeting Sisi in Cairo had authorized the president and Egypt’s army to intervene in their country “to protect Libyan sovereignty”.

The tribesmen are allied to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar. Egypt borders Libya to the west.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy, Mahmoud Mourad and Ulf Laessing; editing by Mark Heinrich

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