Egypt’s Sisi calls for action against states backing 'terror'

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism” in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, backers the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organisation that is outlawed in Egypt.

Turkey and Qatar also support a government that rivals an Egypt- backed group in war-torn Libya.

"Achieving sustainable development in Africa is needed, along with efforts to fight militant groups in Egypt and sub-Saharan countries," AP quoted Sisi as saying during a forum on peace in Africa in the southern city of Aswan.

“There should be a decisive response to countries supporting terrorism and a collective response against terrorism, because the terrorist groups will only have the ability to fight if they are provided with financial, military and moral support,” the Egyptian president said.

Sisi has for years made fighting and eliminating terrorism his main agenda for Egypt, intensifying efforts following mass protests against his rule after the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Muhammad Morsi in 2013.

Tensions have been escalating between Egypt and Turkey ever since with Ankara offering the Muslim Brotherhood leadership refuge in Turkey.

A “comprehensive, political solution would be achieved in the coming months” for the conflict in Libya, Sisi said, without giving further details. 

Libya is split between the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli headed by Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, and the Tobruk government, led by General Khalifa Haftar, the de facto ruler of eastern Libya and head of the LNA. 

Turkey and Qatar back the internationally recognised Islamist-rooted Libyan GNA government, while Haftar is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, France and Russia.