Egypt accuses Qatar of financing terrorists in Libya

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-28 20:10:34|Editor: ying
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CAIRO, June 28 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian delegation at UN meeting in New York accused Qatar of financing terrorists in turmoil-stricken Libya, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

At a meeting of an anti-terror committee of the UN Security Council held on Tuesday night, Tarek al-Quni, Egypt's assistant foreign minister for Arab affairs, said that the oil-rich Gulf state provides support to militants in Libya, which poses a threat to the Egyptian national security particularly at the western borders with neighboring Libya.

"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 committee.

"Libya has become a safe haven for terrorists," the statement warned, stressing the necessity for reaching a political settlement in Libya and urging the UN to intensify efforts to ensure implementation of political agreement in the the country.

Egypt has recently joined the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain in imposing a blockade on Qatar, accusing the latter of sheltering members of terrorist organizations and interfering in other countries' domestic affairs.

Egypt's administration led by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is already at odds with Qatar for supporting and hosting fleeing members of the currently blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group after the Sisi-led overthrow of former Brotherhood-oriented President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests.

Among the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, Kuwait and Oman did not join the anti-Qatar blockade and the Kuwaiti leadership has been communicating with all parties of the crisis to reach a solution.

As for the security situation at Egypt-Libya borders, the Egyptian forces destroyed in two airstrikes in May and June at least 27 vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition while attempting to infiltrate into Egypt through the western borders with Libya.

Egypt has been making efforts with Libya's neighbors Algeria, Sudan, Chad, Niger and Tunisia to reach a political settlement in the country, which is currently engaged in a civil war and run by two rival administrations.

Egypt seeks Libya's stability to maintain the Egyptian national security, secure its western borders and uproot cross-border terrorism, said the security experts.