Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, in a meeting with army chiefs, called for maintaining competence and “the highest level” of military preparedness to execute any tasks assigned to the Armed Forces to protect national security, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.
The president met with Nabil Hasaballah, commander of Egypt’s Second Field Army headquartered in the northeastern governorate of Ismailia; Ehab El-Faar, chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority; and Ahmed El-Shazli, chairman of the Armed Forces Finance Authority.
El-Sisi’s remarks come “in light of the current challenges the region is witnessing and the Egyptian Armed Forces’ huge ability in all branches, specialties and armament systems,” presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.
During the meeting, El-Sisi hailed efforts by the Armed Forces to preserve the security, stability and resources of the Egyptian people, according to the statement.
This meeting comes a month after Egypt’s parliament unanimously approved the deployment of Armed Forces abroad to defend Egypt’s national security, it said in a statement, amid the expansion of Libya’s Turkey-backed Government of National Accord, which has reportedly moved fighters to capture the key coastal Libyan city of Sirte.
The decision came days after El-Sisi said that Egypt “would not stand idle” in the face of any attack on Sirte, which he earlier described as a “red line” for Egypt’s national security and warned that it could prompt military intervention by Cairo.
"The Egyptian nation, throughout history, has advocated for peace, but it does not accept trespasses nor does it renounce its rights. Egypt is extremely able to defend itself, its interests, its brothers and neighbours from any peril or threat," the statement said.
"The Armed Forces and its leadership have the constitutional and legal licence to determine when and where to respond to these dangers and threats," it added.