World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt will not allow armed turmoil in neighbouring Libya to threaten its national security, presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview with the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat published on Saturday.
Libya has descended into factional chaos since the Western-backed uprising in 2011 that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, but Egypt has suffered street strife and violence since its own 2011 revolution that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Sisi has already called on the United States to help fight rebels and warned in a Reuters interview on May 15 that Libya was becoming a major security threat, with rebels infiltrating across the 1,115km (693-mile) border.
In an interview published with the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat published on Saturday, the former army chief said Cairo would "not allow the launching of any terrorist activities from inside Libya".
Arms from Libya have flown freely across the Egyptian border since Gaddafi's ouster, a U.N. report found last year. It cited weapons trafficking as a threat to Egyptian security mainly because the arms are ending up in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula where a rebel group has taken wing.
Sisi, who is expected to easily win a presidential election that starts in Egypt on Monday, told Asharq al-Awsat that Libyans wanted a state that could accommodate everyone but this was not possible in the presence of armed conflict.
Egypt launched a wide-ranging campaign against rebels in the Sinai after they stepped up attacks on police and army targets following the overthrow of elected President Mohamed Mursi by the military last July.Last Mod: 24 Mayıs 2014, 16:33