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Egypt’s Sisi Warns of Intervention in Libya Over Sirte

  • Sisi warned Turkey and allied forces not to take Sirte
  • Sisi says both sides should hold negotiations instead
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi 

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi 

Photographer: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi warned that his country could intervene in Libya if regional rival Turkey and its allied forces followed through on threats to forcibly seize the strategic city of Sirte. Sisi proposed negotiations instead.

Sisi commented after inspecting his troops in the country’s west, where Egypt shares a border with Libya. His remarks are the most direct warning yet after Egyptian officials had privately told international diplomats that they were prepared to militarily intervene in Libya if Turkey and its ally in Libya, the Government of National Accord, pushed further east toward the Egyptian border.