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Egyptian Crisis and Libyan Oil in Political Agendas

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By: Senussi Bsaikri*

Echoes of Egypt – Saudi crisis was heard loudly along the Arab

Senussi Bsaikri
Senussi Bsaikri

world, with even louder echoes in Libya. Egypt is an ally of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the affiliated government and army. Loyalty to the Egyptian regime is robust, and for the main actors in the HoR and government, it is not just for consumption or camouflage but firm and stable, and the current crisis facing Egypt exposes just how firm it is.

General Khalifa Haftar, previously, made one controversial statement, in which he openly said that he would “support any decisions Egypt make, even if they are against interests of Libya.” Saqr Joroushy, the commander of ground forces, also expressed his sincere support to Egypt and the Egyptian regime, stressing the special relations between both sides, using expressions that match those of Haftar.

What is new about expressing the special relations with Egypt was made by Benghazi representative in the HoR, Zeyad Dughaim, who clearly stated his backing for unconditioned support for Egypt throughout the current crisis. He announced that the sovereign block, known for its support for the army and Haftar and opposition to the political accord, urged Tobruk government, which is not recognized even by the Egyptians themselves, to provide Cairo with oil for free without any conditions.

Abdulla Al-Thinni, the head of the Interim Government, which I repeat, has no authority locally and not even recognized internationally, spared no effort to comply with the block demand, which only represents 20% of the HoR members, and embarked on opening Libyan reservoirs to waterlogged Egyptians who are facing power crisis.

Just simply as that, the Egyptian – Libyan alliance is being expressed, an agreement which is limited and cracked one comes within military and political dispute, not ordinary circumstances. The Egyptian regime was generous in its support for the HoR, the army, and government in their conflict with the General National Congress (GNC), and it is the historic moment to “reciprocate.”

But Dughaim didn’t tell us how can a limited block demand the government to support the Egyptians, and the later immediately moves to perform that brotherly duty despite difficulties the country is going through.

Of course, supporting Egypt is an obligation, but my proviso is that backing the Egyptians is subjected to political bickering, help at the time of the GNC was considered betrayal, but nationalist stance at the date of the HoR. From another side, Egyptians would surely be more understanding to the Libyans position due to the current situation and the hardship felt by most of them, especially in Benghazi.

I don’t know how will Dughaim and Al-Thinni justify such generosity to the Libyans, in a time when the economic and living crisis is suffocating everyone, especially Benghazi inhabitants, whom Dughaim represents, as the city is witnessing severe shortage in gas and electricity, besides liquidity shortage due to the declining oil output. But suddenly the oil, in the middle of such circumstances, can be transported immediately and freely to Cairo.

Libyans are generous by nature; the only history could witness and record their stances with friendly nations in the time of crises. But things now are a little bit different, what Egyptians face is due to a contrived political crisis not due to natural disasters or colonialism. And also come at a time when Libyans are worryingly looking at their future, to find that they, and their resources, fall prey to political outbidding. Controversy concerning the HoR authorities after signing the Political Agreement is still blazing, with endless discussions about the legitimacy of the Interim Government and the National Oil Corporation in Benghazi, Al-Thinni headed government is not enough persuading even for the HoR supporters, and provided nothing for the eastern region. So is it accepted or justified to take such decision? And I reserve my right to refuse.

*A Libyan Writer

Translated By LIBYAPROSPECT: Source