El-Sisi: Libyan Crisis Significantly Impacting Egypt


Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has asserted that the ongoing crisis in Libya poses “significant ramifications for Egypt,” indicating proactive efforts towards a positive resolution.

In a video address delivered to the students of the Egyptian Military Academy, El-Sisi stated, “Egypt’s policy is characterised by balance and moderation; we do not intervene in the affairs of others. We strive to be a positive force in finding solutions to the various crises that the region is facing.”

The President’s comments underscore Egypt’s commitment to stability in North Africa, and its emphasis on diplomacy over direct intervention.

Days ago, El-Sisi announced a significant upgrade for the Sallum land crossing. This development is viewed as a pivotal move that underscores Egypt’s commitment to enhancing trade with Libya

During his visit to Marsa Matrouh, El-Sisi detailed plans to establish a dedicated logistical zone near the crossing, covering an area of 250-300 acres. This area is intended to specifically aid commerce between Egypt and Libya, a nod towards the importance of the bilateral trade relationship.

Highlighting the ongoing efforts, El-Sisi said, “Our focus on the Sallum port’s enhancement over the past four years is a testament to our intent. The development ensures that our interface with our Libyan partners is not only efficient, but also modern and dignified.” He further emphasised the transformative projects already in place, which are set to provide a major boost to the region.

Libyan traders and travellers have previously expressed concerns over the conditions at the Sallum border crossing. With an echoing sentiment, Suleiman Al-Harari, Head of the Internal Affairs Committee in Libya’s Parliament, called for an intensified collaboration with Egypt to ensure improved facilities and attention to the concerns of Libyan nationals.

On 11 April, the Libyan-Egyptian Joint Chamber of Commerce highlighted the congestion of cargo-laden trucks at the border, appealing to officials at both the Sallum and Emsaad border points to intervene promptly to mitigate the crisis. However, Egyptian authorities stated that infrastructural projects are underway to simplify procedures, and encourage bilateral trade.

The Sallum land crossing stands as one of the most vital border crossings between Egypt and Libya. Strategically positioned along the Mediterranean coast, this port of entry has historically been a key facilitator for the movement of people, goods, and services between the two North African neighbours.