File photo: Egypt's parliament speaker Ali Abdelaal speaks during the opening session at the main headquarters of parliament in Cairo, Egypt, January 10, 2016 (Reuters)
Egypt’s Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal and immigration minister Nabila Makram promised the country will take a stand at the right time against the mistreatment of Egyptian workers in Libya. The statement followed a widely-circulated video of Egyptian workers arrested and tortured by militias of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).
During a parliamentary session on Monday, MP Alaa Abed, head of the Human Rights Committee at the House of Representatives, called for a strong and deterrent stance against the mistreatment and torture of Egyptian workers in Libya at the hands of the GNA, Al-Ahram reported.
“I know that Egypt will not stay silent, however, there has to be a strong statement from parliament to respond to such violations,” Abed said.
Abdel-Aal urging Abed to “be patient” and that a stance will be taken at the right time, Al-Ahram said in its report.
Also on Monday, Makram stressed that Egypt “does not remain silent in the face of any aggression against Egyptians abroad” after being questioned about the video, stressing that “practical measures” are being taken to tackle the incident.
Makram’s statement came during a meeting of the Arab Affairs Committee at the House of Representatives.
The minister stressed that the incident in the video will not be taken lightly, and that Egypt will not tolerate violations against its nationals abroad.
A video that has been recently circulated showed militias loyal to the Libyan GNA arresting and assaulting Egyptian workers in Libya.
The GNA’s interior minister told Bloomberg afterwards that his government is keen on its relationship with Egypt and vowed to investigate the video.