During a UN session on “The Challenges of Combating Terrorism in Libya”, an Egyptian delegation presented details on how Qatar and another unnamed country in the region have supported terrorism in the north African country.
Submitting a statement to the Security Council on Qatar, the delegation called for sanctions on Doha, saying that terrorism is the main obstacle to achieving stability in Libya and that its negative effects have extended to its neighbors and the entire region.
Egypt’s UN Ambassador Omar Abu al-Atta said that terrorism is increasing in Libya, since ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had urged foreign fighters to head there instead of Syria and Iraq.
Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs Tarek al-Quni stated that Qatar provides support to militants in Libya, which poses a threat to Egyptian national security, particularly along its borders with its neighbor.
“Terrorist groups and organizations in Libya receive support particularly from Qatar and other states in the region,” said Quni while reading Egypt’s statement before the gatherers.
“Libya has become a safe haven for terrorists,” he added, stressing the need for reaching a political settlement in Libya and urging the UN to intensify efforts to ensure the implementation of a political agreement in the country.
“Egypt was targeted by terror attacks originating from Libya,” Quni noted.
Quni recalled the terror acts on Egypt’s Coptic Christians in May, and also mentioned the attempt of 12 vehicles loaded with weapons and explosives to cross the Egyptian border from Libya earlier this week.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meanwhile said on Wednesday that Doha has no other option but to clearly respond to Arab demands. It has to choose between preserving the Arab national security or undermining it in favor of foreign powers.
Speaking to Middle East News Agency, Shoukry said: “Egypt’s demands are known and clear and whoever continues to conspire against it and its people will be the first to suffer.”
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