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Egypt's Sisi urges UN mandate for Libya coalition

President said the international community had "abandoned the Libyan people as prisoners to extremist militias" after the fall of deposed former leader Muammar Gaddafi

Egypt's Sisi urges UN mandate for Libya coalition
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. (AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi called for
a United Nations resolution mandating an international coalition to intervene
in Libya after its jets bombed ISIL targets there.

"There is no other choice, taking into account
the agreement of the Libyan people and government and that they call on us to
act," he told France's Europe 1 radio in an interview aired on Tuesday.

Asked if it would recommence its own action:
"We need to do it again, and all of us together."

ISIL released a video on Sunday showing the
beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians, drawing Cairo directly into the conflict
across its border and raising concerns the Islamist insurgents, already active
in Syria and Iraq, were spreading their influence further.

Referring to the 2011 Libyan war in which France
was part of an international coalition backing forces that deposed former
leader Muammar Gaddafi, Sisi called it an "unfinished mission".

"We abandoned the Libyan people as prisoners
to extremist militias," he said.

Sisi called on militias to hand in their arms but
urged weapons to be supplied to Libya's internationally recognised government,
based in the eastern city of Tobruk after rivals seized power in Tripoli.

The Tobruk government has already asked for the
lifting of an international arms embargo to help it take back control of the
country.