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Religious, Media Support to Possible Egyptian Military Intervention in Libya

Religious, Media Support to Possible Egyptian Military Intervention in Libya

Wednesday, 22 July, 2020 - 06:45
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, right, with Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA) meeting in Cairo last year | AP

Egypt's announcement on deploying troops from the armed forces in Libya was highly welcomed by religious and media institutions.

The parliament unanimously approved "the deployment of members of the Egyptian armed forces on combat missions outside Egypt's borders to defend Egyptian national security against criminal armed militias and foreign terrorist elements", it said in a statement.

Al Azhar stressed its support for all measures adopted by the Egyptian leadership to protect national security and borders in the face of foreign threats.

In a statement, Azhar underlined the necessity of being aware of the dangers and challenges besetting Egypt in the current stage as well as closing ranks for the best interests of the nation. Further, Azhar hailed Egypt's keenness on realizing peaceful solutions.

In the same context, the Coptic Orthodox Church welcomed the parliament’s decision. The stances of Evangelical and Catholic Churches in Egypt intersected with the former's as well, hence expressing support to Egyptian actions concerning Libya.

For its part, Egypt's Dar al-Ifta backed Egypt's response on Libya and emphasized standing by the country against all challenges.

Moreover, the Ministry of Information in Egypt expressed full support to procedures taken by the state to maintain national security and defeat risks -- the Ministry lauded the Egyptian armed forces’ efforts in this regard.

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