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Egyptian parliament's decision comes in response to Libyan demands: Libya's parliament

Egypt's parliament earlier on Monday unanimously approved sending Armed Forces troops on combat missions outside the borders to the western strategic direction to defend Egypt’s national security

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Jul 2020
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Aguila Saleh, Libya's parliament president, speaks during the first session at parliament headquarters in Benghazi, Libya April 13, 2019. REUTERS
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The Egyptian parliament's approval to send troops to the conflict-torn country comes "in response to Libyan demands and to preserve the Egyptian national security," Libyan parliament's media advisor Fathi Al-Marimi said in televised statement to Sky News Arabia on Monday.

Egypt's parliament earlier on Monday unanimously approved sending Armed Forces troops on combat missions outside the borders to the western strategic direction to defend Egypt’s national security amid the expansion of the Turkey-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), which has moved fighters to capture the key coastal city of Sirte.

In an official statement following the meeting, parliament said it "unanimously approved to send elements of the Egyptian Armed Forces in combat missions outside the borders of the Egyptian state to defend the Egyptian national security in the western strategic direction against the acts of criminal militias and foreign terrorist elements until the forces' mission ends."

The Libyan parliament last week called on Egypt to directly intervene in the country’s conflict to counter what it described as "Turkish occupation,” and tribal leaders flew in from Haftar’s stronghold of Benghazi to request a military move by Cairo.

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