“Saudi Arabia stands with Egypt in its right to defend its borders and people, and the Kingdom expresses its support,” Riyadh said in a statement published by the official Saudi agency, to what Sisi said about “Egypt’s right to protect its western borders” with Libya.
Saudi Arabia called on the international community to assume its responsibilities and respond to Sisi’s calls “to reach a comprehensive solution that confirms the safety and security of Libyan lands.”
For its part, the UAE expressed its support for what was stated in Al-Sisi’s speech regarding Libya.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation affirmed, in a statement, that “the UAE stands with Egypt in all its measures to protect its security and stability from the repercussions of the disturbing developments in Libya.”
It commended what it considered “Cairo’s keenness to inject blood of brothers from the Libyan people, create urgent conditions for a ceasefire, and start negotiations for a comprehensive political process under the auspices of the United Nations.”
According to the statement, “I reaffirmed the position of the UAE calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and a commitment to the political process.”
In a televised speech after inspecting units of the Air Force in Matrouh Governorate (west), adjacent to the border with Libya, on Saturday, Sisi told the army forces: “Be ready to carry out any mission here within our borders, or if it is required outside our borders.”
He added: “The boundaries of the city of Sirte (north-central Libya) and Al-Jafra (southeast of Tripoli) crossed a red line.”
he considered that “any direct interference from the Egyptian state (in Libya) has become an international legal matter, whether for the right to self-defense, or at the request of the only legitimate elected authority in Libya, which is the House of Representatives (Tobruk).”
The United Nations considers the Libyan government headed by Faiz al-Sarraj, the internationally recognized legal authority.
Sisi’s statements sparked widespread Libyan anger.