ISIS will threaten Egypt if Libya falls, says professor

(AGI) Rome, Feb 16 - Egypt will be the next country to bethreatened by jihad if Libya collapses, said Raffaele Marhetti,professor of International Law at Luiss University in Rome. Hetold AGI that only an international coalition including Arabcountries and Islamic movements could solve the Libyan crisisand curb the rise of ISIS in North Africa. Islamic militia were"supported financially and militarily from the outside, fromISIS, and from countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia," he said."Riyadh seems to be working on two sides. It would be importantto have Saudi Arabia in the front

(AGI) Rome, Feb 16 - Egypt will be the next country to bethreatened by jihad if Libya collapses, said Raffaele Marhetti,professor of International Law at Luiss University in Rome. Hetold AGI that only an international coalition including Arabcountries and Islamic movements could solve the Libyan crisisand curb the rise of ISIS in North Africa. Islamic militia were"supported financially and militarily from the outside, fromISIS, and from countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia," he said."Riyadh seems to be working on two sides. It would be importantto have Saudi Arabia in the front line against extremism. [Thatis] A move that could change the rules of the game." The worstmistake in the past few years was "being obstinate insupporting authoritarian non-religious regimes, excludingIslamist movements" as in Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood,and with Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, said professorMarchetti. "The political choices across the Arab world havenot been too farsighted, and it could be difficult to call inthe Muslim Brotherhood, considered as outlaws in Egypt, to jointhe international coalition in Libya. On the Libyan scenario,there is a game regarding the hegemony of the Sunni Arab world,and the fight against ISIS is a political challenge." He saidhe was sceptical about whether military action could be asolution in Libya. A political solution was needed and wouldtake a long time to achieve. (AGI) . .