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Sisi brushes off possibility of military action in Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stresses that Cairo seeks an all-inclusive political solution to the Libyan crisis, casting aside reports of a military confrontation against Turkey on Libyan soil.
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 19: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (L) attends an international summit on securing peace in Libya at the Chancellery on January 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Leaders of nations and organizations linked to the current conflict are meeting to discuss measures towards reaching a consensus between the warring sides and ending hostilities.   (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

CAIRO — Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Dec. 9 that his country is working toward a comprehensive political solution to the Libyan crisis.

In an interview with the French paper Le Figaro, Sisi responded to a question on a potential military faceoff between Egypt and Turkey in Libya, saying, “Egypt will never initiate an attack. Yet [Egyptian] troops are always ready to defend their homeland and ensure its national security in the face of any form of confrontations or threats.”

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