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Egypt's Sisi says need to stop external actors interfering in Libya

Egypt's Sisi says need to stop external actors interfering in Libya
FILE PHOTO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a statement during a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest, Romania, June 19, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS -
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UNITEDNATIONS (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that a concerted effort was needed to stop militias taking control of Libya and to prevent external actors from intervening there.

Sisi said in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly that the oil-producing North African state needed to be saved from “the ensuing chaos by militias and prevent the intervention of external actors in Libya’s internal affairs.”

Egypt, along with the United Arab Emirates, is a supporter of Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, whose Libya National Army (LNA) has been trying to take Tripoli from forces allied with the internationally recognised government (GNA). Turkey backs the GNA.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and John Irish; editing by Grant McCool)

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