Egyptian army able to defend the country's security: President al-Sisi

File photo of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (File photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian army is capable of defending Egypt’s national security inside and outside its borders, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday during his visit to the Western Military Region.

“The Egyptian army is one of the strongest armies in the region, but it is a rational army ... that protects and does not threaten... and is able to defend Egypt’s national security inside and outside the borders of the homeland,” he added.

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The inspection was also attended by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, and leaders of the main branches of the Armed Forces.

Egyptian soldiers guard the entrance to the Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport in south Sinai, Egypt. (File photo: AP)

Egyptian soldiers guard the entrance to the Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport in south Sinai, Egypt. (File photo: AP)

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Al-Sisi's comments come amid worsening conditions in next-door Libya, where Egypt backs the forces of the Libyan National Army in the country's ongoing civil war.

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The meeting, to be held at Egypt’s request via video conference, comes as fighting continues between rival administrations based in Libya’s capital and the east.

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