Egypt will not stand idle in the face of any moves that pose a direct threat to Egyptian and Libyan national security, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday, according to a presidency statement.
The statement also said tribal leaders meeting al-Sisi in Cairo had authorized the president and Egypt’s army to intervene in their country “to protect Libyan sovereignty.”
“As soon as Egypt interferes in Libya, the military scene will change quickly and decisively,” al-Sisi added, according to the presidency.
The tribesmen are allied to the eastern Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar. Egypt borders Libya to the west.