Arab Weekly: Egypt’s New Military Base Near Libyan Border Is Message to Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood - Al Marsad

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated on Saturday a new “3 of July” naval, military and air base on the Mediterranean near the Libyan border, formally commissioning into service nearly 50 naval vessels to mark the occasion. The Egyptian leader was accompanied during the ceremony by Mohamed Al Menfi, head the Libyan Presidential Council and also Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and also by General Konstantinos Floros, Chief of Hellenic National Defense General Staff, and other dignitaries. According to an article published by Arab Weekly, the opening of the new base sends a strong message against the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkish forces, who wish to entrench their influence in Libya.

(LIBYA, 4 July 2021) – The article by the Arab Weekly said that the main message Egypt wants to convey through the opening of a new military based in the Jarjoub area near the Libyan border, is to face the challenge of the Turkish influence in the neighboring country, and Ankara’s refusal to withdraw its armed forces and Syrian mercenaries from Libya.

The other message, according to the article, is that any attempt to consolidate the Muslim Brotherhood’s presence in Libya will be met with decisive Egyptian action.

The new base was the site of the site of the Qadir 2021 naval and military exercises which is expected to one of the most important training manoeuvres conducted by the Egyptian army as it sets its eyes on getting ready on multiple fronts. The opening of the new base coincides with “the anniversary of the Muslim Brotherhood’s official removal from power in Egypt”, and it’s a strong message to Islamists.

It also comes at a time when “Turkey is trying to avoid the withdrawal of its mercenaries from Libya demonstrates Cairo’s intent to underline its presence and interest in what is happening on its western border.”

The article quoted the Egyptian military expert, Major General Hamdi Bakheet, who said that the base aims to deal with any threat that comes mainly from west of the border and completes the strategic cover provided by other bases and troop concentrations in a northwestern direction.