President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is not going to remain quiet over Erdogan’s stance of trying to take over Libya’s oil rich portions. Sisi has now warned of military troop deployment on the border of Egypt touch Libya. Both Egypt and Turkey support rival sides in the proxy war in Libya.
On July 20, the Egyptian parliament has authorized deployment of troops abroad after. This comes after Mr. Sissi made a public announcement that Egypt would be not deter from military intervention against Turkish-backed forces in Libya. President Recap Erdogan has been eying control over Libya due to its rich oil reserves and has used Syrian citizens as soldiers to continue to advance his diplomatic intentions.
Libya has been in continuous civil war which transformed into a proxy one since 2011. After the downfall of longtime dictator Moammar Ghadafi, the land went into ownership war with UN-supported Tripoli government in the west and military strongman Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA) in the east.
Egypt has been supporting Haftar while Turkey supports the Tripoli government, solely with the intention of getting control over the oil reserves of the nation.
Till some time ago, Haftar was in control of most of the oil reserves which were being used to meet a chunk of oil exports from Libya. Since his retreat in May, Erdogan seems to see an opportunity to expand his control, which is also threatening the sovereignty of Egypt that shares its western porous desert borders with Libya.
Egypt is also concerned over the ownership of the strategic coastal city of Sirte that is considered a ‘red line’ and that an attack on the town by Libyan government forces would prompt Cairo to intervene.
Political analysts feel that President el-Sisi has expressed his anxiety that Turkey might have a new focus of terrorism as Turkey’s support to armed militias has again increased in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, where it has been sending Syrian mercenaries to seize the gas and oil wealth of the Libyan people.
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