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Sisi from UN: Must Stop Foreign Meddling in Libya, Remove Sudan off Terror List

Sisi from UN: Must Stop Foreign Meddling in Libya, Remove Sudan off Terror List

Tuesday, 24 September, 2019 - 18:00
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi at the UN General Assembly in 2017. (Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi called on Tuesday for greater efforts to prevent foreign meddling in Libyan internal affairs.


Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he said Libya needed to be saved from “the ensuing chaos by militias and prevent the intervention of external actors in Libya’s internal affairs.”


The North African country has been plunged into chaos after Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar launched an operation in April to rid the capital Tripoli of terrorist militias that are loyal to the Government of National Accord.


The LNA has accused Turkey of backing the GNA and its loyalist militias.


Sisi also called for Sudan to be removed from the United States' list of countries deemed sponsors of terrorism.


He told world leaders that taking Sudan off the list would help the country tackle economic problems and reclaim what he called "the place it deserves among the international family."


Sudan has been on the US list since 1993. Khartoum says getting off it is crucial to rebuilding the country after years of sanctions.


The Obama administration began a process to take Sudan off the list. The procedure was put on hold when mass protests erupted in December against longtime President Omar al-Bashir. The military ousted him in April.


New Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok recently said he had discussed the issue with the Trump administration.


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