The British foreign minister, Philip Hammond, said that the control of the Islamic State group, IS, over a part of the Libyan coast forms a direct threat to Europe’s safety. Hammond stressed the importance of having a strategy for fighting the IS in Libya, no matter the Government of National Accord, GNA, is installed or not, a step that will come after following and understanding the formation and ideologies of the armed groups in Libya.
“After forming the GNA, our first request will be facilitating lifting arms embargo”, Hammond said. He pointed that sending more weapons in such unstable situation will increase its complexity.
Hammond asserted his country’s full support to forming GNA. “Britain hoped it is formed within 2 weeks”, he added. He elaborated that his country is aware of the great effort behind the scenes for pushing the House of Representatives, HoR, to move on for the formation of the GNA.
Al-Sisi warns of IS proliferation in Libya
The Egyptian president, Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi said that he will demand the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, to continue
his mission in Libya “to stop it from turning into an Islamist-dominated country like Syria”, in their scheduled meeting on Wednesday.
Al-Sisi, in his interview with the Telegraph newspaper, warned of Libya turning into “a threat to all of us”, since Britain aided in NATO, forces’ mission to topple Gaddafi. He elaborated that Britain and NATO states should help Libyans and the Libyan economy, and stop the flow of weaponry and funds to jihadists.
“Libya is a danger that threatens all of us. If there is no government then this only creates a vacuum where extremists can prosper,” he said.
El-Araby: Libya is not Syria
The Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil El-Araby, hoped situations in Libya to improve within the next period.
“The Arab League follows the crisis since the beginning. After Gaddafi was toppled we have opened an office in Tripoli to follow
up the situation and take part in rebuilding the institutions, and it is still open”, El-Araby said in a joint press conference with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, on Tuesday.
“The Libyan government, after Gaddafi rule ended, asked the Arab League to participate in the institutions rebuilding efforts and stopping the fighting, with the United Nations and the European Union, but unfortunately it didn’t happen”, he added.
He also noted that the situations in Libya differ from Syria as there are no interventions from great powers to create complications, in addition to the non-existence of minorities in Libya.