File - In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 photo, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi arrives for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Military intervention in Libya is risky and foreign powers would be better off supporting a military commander based in the east, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi of neighboring Egypt was quoted as saying Thursday.Interviewed in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Sisi recommended supporting Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army – which is linked to the internationally recognized government based in the eastern city of Tobruk – in the fight against militants.Foreign powers can only intervene in Libya if asked to do so by a Libyan government and with a U.N. and Arab League mandate, Sisi said.Sisi said five questions needed to be asked before taking military action: how to get in and out of Libya, who would re-establish the police and army, how to protect civilians during a mission, whether an intervention would meet the needs of all Libyans and who would rebuild the country physically.
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