CAIRO: “We certainly respect the right of countries to make their own decisions about their own self-defense,” said U.S. Department of States spokesperson Jen Psaki Tuesday, when asked about Egyptian airstrikes on Libya.
The Egyptian army, in coordination with the Libyan Tobruk-based government army launched Monday dawn airstrikes on alleged Islamic State group havens in Derna and Sirte, following a release of a video showing IS members beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were kidnapped in early January.
Psaki added that the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry and offered his condolences; she said that during this call, both sides discussed the military strikes, saying “he (Shokry) indicated in the call that he would be discussing a response with his military.”
She added that the best way to solve the political crisis in Libya should be a U.N. political solution.
The spokesperson said the murder of the Copts in Libya was an indication that the IS group is expanding in other places of the region, but U.S. did not take a decision to expand its military operations beyond Iraq and Syria.
A joint statement by the Governments of France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States condemned Tuesday all “terrorist” acts in Libya, and called for a quick political solution in Libya.
“Special Representative to the Secretary General Bernardino Leon will convene meetings in the coming days to build further Libyan support for a national unity government,” the statement read, calling all parties to the conflict to participate in the U.N.-led talks.