Monday, Libya and Egypt also launched air strikes against ISIL after militants had posted the video of the Egyptian citizens’ beheading.
In a statement the United States has condemned the “despicable and cowardly murder” of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. The US has offered condolences to the families of the victims and support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds, the statement says adding it is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity. This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL.
Stating that this heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL, the Obama administration has called on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat. The US has reiterated continued support to the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken with President el-Sisi of Egypt about working together to defeat terrorism in the wake of the massacre of innocent Egyptian citizens by ISIL affiliated terrorists.
A Downing Street spokesperson said:
The Prime Minister called President el-Sisi of Egypt today to express his condolences over the appalling murder of Egyptian Christians in Libya by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists and to discuss how the UK and Egypt could work together to protect both countries from the threat of terrorism.
The Prime Minister recognised that Egypt, as one of Libya’s neighbours, had a particular interest in protecting itself from violent extremism on its borders and that both countries shared the same objective: a safe and secure Libya. Both agreed that the crisis in Libya must be resolved in the long term through a comprehensive political solution and that Egypt and the UK should work together to support this. The Prime Minister0 emphasised the importance of the UN-led political process in Libya producing a national government to lead the fight against terrorism through strong institutions.
They also discussed how the UK and Egypt could strengthen bilateral efforts to defeat terrorism, recognising that violent Islamist extremists pose a threat to both countries.
He has denounced the terrorists’ incitement to murder and religious hatred. He expressed his concern given the expansion of operations by Daesh [ISIL] to Libya and recalls the determination of France and its allies to combat this group.
The French President has extended his sincere condolences to the Egyptian people and shared in the national mourning President Sisi declared in Egypt./.
The French President has spoken on the telephone to his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and reiterated to him his solidarity following the murder of 21 Egyptian nationals in Libya.
The two heads of state discussed the situation in Libya and the expansion of operations by Daesh [ISIL] to the country. They emphasized how important it is for the Security Council to meet and for the international community to take new measures to confront the danger.
They expressed their determination to work for peace and security in the region, and agreed to continue their consultations to that end.
They stressed that a bilateral agreement on the supply of Rafale planes is testimony to the trust existing between France and Egypt.