Al-Azhar supports Egypt's stance to protect security and border with Libya

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Jun 2020

A file photo of Al-Azhar headquarters in Cairo (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Al-Azhar said on Sunday that it supports the Egyptian leadership’s stance on the Libyan crisis, hailing the country's “enduring keenness” on a peaceful solution to the crisis.

In an official statement, Al-Azhar said that it seconds the Egyptian leadership in all measures it will take to maintain the country's national security and protect its borders.

It added that it supports Egypt's keenness on a peaceful solution and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's call for a ceasefire in all Libyan territory and resumption of negotiations under the aegis of the United Nations.

El-Sisi on Saturday said his country has a legitimate right to intervene in Libya, while assured that any intervention would be mainly aimed at protecting Egypt’s western border, achieving a ceasefire, and restoring stability and peace in the country.

He also warned forces loyal to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli not to cross the current frontline with Libyan National Army (LNA) forces of rival military commander Khalifa Haftar in the east, whom Egypt supports.

The Sunni Muslim world’s top religious institution said it is following with concern the ardent conflict between its Libyan brothers and external interference, which leads to more fragmentation and fuels disputes.

The institution underscored its rejection of the principle of guardianship that some countries are attempting to impose on the Arab world, and which it said is used as a pretext to violate sovereignty.

The statement called for a joint and decisive Arab position to resolve the crisis, appealing to the Libyan people to unite and reject the differences which makes their country susceptible to colonial ambitions and external interference.

No single government has had full control over the oil-rich country since 2011 when then-leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed.

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