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Sisi Says Militias Holding Libya’s GNA 'Hostage'

Sisi Says Militias Holding Libya’s GNA 'Hostage'

Sunday, 15 December, 2019 - 18:15
FILE PHOTO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is shown at a meeting with US President Donald Trump (not pictured) during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) is held hostage by “armed and terrorist militias” in the capital, Tripoli, Egypt’s leader said Sunday.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in televised comments that the GNA “is not able to have a free and real will because they have been taken hostage by armed and terrorist militias there.”

Sisi said his country has been “negatively affected” by the conflict in Libya, which descended into chaos after the 2011 civil war that ousted and killed long-time dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

Last week, the Egyptian president said a comprehensive political solution would be achieved in the coming months that would put an end to a “terrorist hotbed that pushes militants and weapons to (Libya’s) neighboring countries including Egypt.”

On Saturday, Egypt’s parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Al said Egypt recognizes the Libyan legislature as “the sole legitimate body representing the Libyan people,” according to the MENA news agency.

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