CAIRO (dpa) – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to authorise intervention in Libya, two days after Islamic State published a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians.
He told French radio station Europe 1 in an interview that any intervention would require the support of the Libyan people and the Libyan government. His remarks came one day after the Egyptian air force struck militant targets in eastern Libya.
Asked if he was calling for the UN to form a coalition to intervene in Libya, al-Sissi said, “Yes, yes, there is no other choice – taking into consideration whether the Libyan people are in agreement and the Libyan government is in agreement and calls on us to act to restore stability and security in cooperation with them.”
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is in New York for discussions with UNSCmembers. France and Egypt have called for an urgent meeting of the Council, which has the power to authorise military action.