Egypt’s Role in Libya

This policy outlook examines Egypt’s role in Libya. Cairo’s various interests in Libya are assessed and used to explain Egypt’s policy in Libya and its effect on the Libyan conflict.

This policy outlook examines Egypt’s role in Libya. Cairo’s various interests in Libya are assessed and used to explain Egypt’s policy in Libya and its effect on the Libyan conflict. Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Russia and France have been supporting Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar and the so-called ‘Libyan National Army’ (LNA) out of concern for their own economic and geostrategic interests. Egypt and the UAE have taken a proactive role in empowering Haftar and facilitating his control over eastern Libya, supplying vital support to his offensive against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). This policy outlook examines these multi-layered considerations and provides insight into some of the complex dynamics at play.​

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