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No plan for military intervention in Libya: Egypt FM
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry says his country is not mulling military action in Libya, where fighting between rival militias has intensified in recent weeks
Aswat Masriya, Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Aug 2014
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry addresses a joint news conference regarding the situation in Gaza, in Cairo, July 24, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt has no intention of intervening militarily in Libya and is merely keen to safeguard its borders, the country's foreign minister has said.

Egyptian authorities have grown increasingly wary about a violent spillover from Libya where militia rivalries have worsened over the past three weeks in the worst violence since the 2011 toppling of Muammar Gaddafi.

"There is no talk of a military intervention. The army's role is to protect the Egyptian borders," Sameh Shoukry told reporters on Monday in Tunisia where he flew to check the state of thousands of Egyptians stranded at the border with Libya after fleeing the growing chaos.

More than 200 people have been killed in the recent fighting in the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.

The violence has prompted Western nations to pull their diplomats out, closed off most international flights, and sent hundreds of Libyan families and foreign workers fleeing abroad.

Egypt has airlifted at least 2,500 nationals stranded at the Ras Jedir border crossing between Tunisia and Libya to flee the latest bout of violence as most Libyan airports are shut due to the deteriorating security situation.

Last week, two people were shot dead when Libyan border guards opened fire to disperse hundreds of Egyptians attempting to cross into Tunisia to flee the unrest.

Egyptian officials have repeatedly expressed serious concerns over the flow of weapons and militants infiltrating the 1,115km Libyan-Egyptian border.

 





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umer farooq
10-08-2014 06:28pm
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libya unrest
Me farooq from pakistan and regular reader of Ahramonline.i lovelibya and my younger brother is still working in libya. Egypt should play its roll in libya unrest.
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NewEgypt123
05-08-2014 06:09pm
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Egypt needs to go in strong and hard into Libya. Egypt should flood Libya with troops and lock everything down then disarm it. This is an Egyptian national security issue no matter how you look at it. The weapons of Libya are being smuggled into Egypt and the rest of the region to destabilize it. Egypt is the only nation in the area that has the military strength to deal with this problem. It is in Egypt's interest to deal with the problem itself before Libya becomes a target of foreign intervention by the West, which will give it a land base to work on the destabilization of Egypt. Egypt should not be afraid to raise its weapons in its own defense. Aside from securing Egypt, such a move will secure the Libyan people and all Arabs suffering the effects of Qaddaffi's weapons. Additionally, if Libya joined Egypt in a federalized nation, both nations will be stronger. Libya will get the administration, man power, and security of Egypt, while Egypt will get economic benefits from Libya.
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Sam
05-08-2014 04:44pm
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Libyan Crisis
It is in Egypt's strategic interest to act militarily in Libya and help form a stable government and participate in rebuilding Libya. This will provide a much needed stability and lift to the Egyptian economy and security.
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Aladdin, Egypt
05-08-2014 02:39pm
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Alert People
Egyptians need to be alerted about dragging Egypt to immanent war with foreign agents in Libya. Press has obligation to tell the truth. Tahya Misr.
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Aladdin, Egypt
05-08-2014 02:36pm
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Truth
Egypt should know that our enemies are opening a western front to drain Egypt resources. What we can do about it?
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Sam
05-08-2014 04:41pm
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Libyan Front
Egypt must act in Libya and participating in rebuilding Libya.

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