Egyptian gov’t targeting Turkey due to pressure by regional powers – analyst

The government of Egypt is escalating tensions with Turkey over war-torn Libya thanks to pressure by regional and Arab powers, visiting researcher at Leicester University Ahmed Al-Burai wrote in Daily Sabah newspaper.

Egypt is being driven by regional and Arab powers that were accused of participating in Turkey’s 2016 failed coup attempt, Al-Burai said, adding that they may not hesitate to push the region into a comprehensive war.

Egypt is among the regional countries whose media outlets have launched a campaign of warmongering and hatred against Turkey over its intervention in the Libyan conflict, Al-Burai said.

Cairo has condemned the Turkish parliament’s decision to deploy troops to Libya to prop up the U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, calling on the international community to keep Turkish troops out of the North African country.

Furthermore, the speakers of the Egyptian and Libyan parliaments warned on Sunday that Cairo might resort to military intervention to counter Turkey’s potential invasion of neighbouring Libya.

Since 2014, Libya has been divided between the GNA, headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, and the Libyan National Army (LNA) run by commander Khalifa Haftar, who controls the east of the country. Haftar has led an offensive since April to seize Tripoli.

Ankara has long backed the GNA and sees itself as a regional force in the Middle East while political rivals Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt all back LNA commander Haftar.

“The notorious Egyptian media anchors are beating the drums of war and running a campaign of hatred against Turkey and its president. One can't exclude the possibility that these warmongers with their preposterous statements are running the risk of starting a new war between Turkey and Egypt,” the analyst wrote.

As regional powers vie for direct intervention in Libya, the article said, with the rivalry among these countries boosting the risk of more deadly animosities between the conflicting parties.