EGYPT ACCUSES QATAR OF FINANCING TERRORISTS IN LIBYA

An Egyptian delegation at the UN, accused Qatar of financing terrorists in turmoil-stricken Libya, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said, in a statement.

At a meeting of an anti-terror committee of the UN Security Council, Tarek al-Quni, Egypt’s assistant foreign minister for Arab affairs, said, the oil-rich Gulf state provides support to militants in Libya, which poses a threat to the Egyptian national security, particularly at the western border with neighbouring Libya.

“Terrorist groups and organisations in Libya, receive support, particularly from Qatar, and other states in the region,” said Quni, while reading Egypt’s statement before the committee.

“Libya has become a safe haven for terrorists,” the statement warned, stressing the necessity for reaching a political settlement in Libya and urging the UN to intensify efforts, to ensure implementation of political agreement in the the country.

Egypt has recently joined the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, in imposing a blockade on Qatar, accusing the latter of sheltering members of terrorist organisations and interfering in other countries’ domestic affairs.

Egypt’s administration, led by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, is already at odds with Qatar for supporting and hosting fleeing members of the currently blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group, after the Sisi-led overthrow of former Brotherhood-oriented President, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013, in response to mass protests.

Among the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, Kuwait and Oman did not join the anti-Qatar blockade and the Kuwaiti leadership has been communicating with all parties of the crisis to reach a solution.

As for the security situation at Egypt-Libya border, the Egyptian forces destroyed, in two air strikes in May and Jun, at least 27 vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition, while attempting to infiltrate into Egypt, through the western border with Libya.

Egypt has been making efforts with Libya’s neighbours Algeria, Sudan, Chad, Niger and Tunisia, to reach a political settlement in the country, which is currently engaged in a civil war and run by two rival administrations.

Egypt seeks Libya’s stability to maintain the Egyptian national security, secure its western border and uproot cross-border terrorism, said the security experts

Source: NAM News Network

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