Libya’s Tobruk-based parliament has approved a motion authorising neighbouring Egypt’s direct military intervention in Libya if needed to counter Turkey’s backing of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), al Jazeera reported on Tuesday.
The resolution passed late Monday authorises “Egyptian armed forces to intervene to protect the national security of Libya and Egypt if they see an imminent danger to both our countries,” it said.
Libya’s eastern-based parliament backs the Libyan National Army (LNA), which has led an unsuccessful 14-month campaign to seize capital Tripoli from Turkish-backed GNA. Ankara’s military support for the GNA earlier this year has put the LNA on the back foot.
Last month, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Egypt could send troops into the oil-rich North African country, warning GNA forces not to cross the current frontline between them and LNA.
The GNA responded by calling el-Sisi’s comments a “declaration of war”.
Libya’s battle lines are now formed near Sirte, the heart of Libya’s primary oil producing region, and of great strategic importance for the LNA.