Parliaments of Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain denounce Turkish decision to send troops to Libya

Gamal Essam El-Din , Friday 3 Jan 2020

The four parliaments said Turkish military intervention in Libya represents a flagrant violation of international law and an aggression on the independence of Libya

File photo of Egypt's parliament (Photo: Reuters)

In a joint statement on Friday, the parliaments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said they reject any form of foreign intervention in Libya's internal affairs.

The statement, issued by the Egyptian House of Representatives, the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, and the National Assembly of Bahrain declared that they strongly reject the approval of the Turkish parliament on Thursday to send military troops to Libya.

"This decision represents a flagrant violation of the rules of international law, and directs an assault on the independence of Libya and integrity of its land," said the statement.

The four Arab parliaments said they fully support the statement issued the Arab parliamentary union – which is affiliated with the Arab League – which denounced the decision of the Turkish parliament.

"We renew our firm and full stance in rejecting any foreign aggression on any Arab country, and that foreign intervention only helps reinforce the capabilities of terrorists, undermines peace efforts and political solutions, complicates the situation in the Middle East, leads to instability and creates humanitarian crises," said the statement.

The parliaments urged the international community to play its role in standing up to foreign violation of the sovereignty of Arab countries and support political solutions, “for the sake of preserving the security and stability of the peoples and states of the region."

The parliaments expressed their deep concern about the threats which " brotherly Libya" faces and strongly condemn the decision of the Turkish parliament to send troops there.

The Arab parliament on Friday condemned the Turkish parliament's approval of Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan's decision to send troops to Libya to help the government of Prime Minister Fayez Al-Serraj.

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