Egypt shows support for Libyan army's move to secure oil wealth

Egypt supports the Libyan army’s move to secure the country’s oil wealth and preserve stability and security, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told state-owned MENA agency.
The statement by Shoukry comes days after troops loyal to Libyan General Khalifa Haftar said on Sunday they had seized two major oil export terminals as the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), backed by the UN, struggles to assert its authority over the oil-rich country.
Haftar said in statements on Sunday that the ports would be secured to “return operational responsibility to the National Oil Corporation with a guarantee of non-interference by armed forces in operational activities and exports.”
Shortly following the take-over by Haftar’s forces, the US and several European countries condemned the act by the Libyan general, calling on Haftar’s forces to “withdraw immediately, without preconditions”, according to an official statement.
In statements to Egypt’s MENA, Shoukry said Egypt supports the National Libyan Army’s act as it holds legitimacy, stressing also the necessity of the return of stability in Libya and accomplishing a national consensus through implementing the Skhirat agreement.
The Libyan general opposes the UN-sponsored GNA, and backs the Bayda-based parliament which refuses to grant the GNA a vote of confidence.

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