In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, meets with editors of Egyptian newspapers and media in the presidential palace, in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. El-Sissi denied Sunday any military involvement in neighboring Libya, a day after Islamist militias accused Cairo of bombing their posts in Tripoli, Egypt's state news agency reported. El-Sissi said Egypt is in consultation with Libya's neighbors to find a political solution to the violent power struggle between rival groups. (AP Photo/MENA)The Associated Press
In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, meets with editors of Egyptian newspapers and media in the presidential palace, in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. El-Sissi denied Sunday any military involvement in neighboring Libya, a day after Islamist militias accused Cairo of bombing their posts in Tripoli, Egypt's state news agency reported. El-Sissi said Egypt is in consultation with Libya's neighbors to find a political solution to the violent power struggle between rival groups. (AP Photo/MENA)The Associated Press

Egypt has promised to provide technical military support and training to Libya for help restructuring its army, Libyan Chief of Staff General Abdel-Razzaq al-Nazuri said on Tuesday.

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, meets with editors of Egyptian newspapers and media in the presidential palace, in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. El-Sissi denied Sunday any military involvement in neighboring Libya, a day after Islamist militias accused Cairo of bombing their posts in Tripoli, Egypt's state news agency reported. El-Sissi said Egypt is in consultation with Libya's neighbors to find a political solution to the violent power struggle between rival groups. (AP Photo/MENA)The Associated Press
In this photo provided by Egypt’s state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, meets with editors of Egyptian newspapers and media in the presidential palace, in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. El-Sissi denied Sunday any military involvement in neighboring Libya, a day after Islamist militias accused Cairo of bombing their posts in Tripoli, Egypt’s state news agency reported. El-Sissi said Egypt is in consultation with Libya’s neighbors to find a political solution to the violent power struggle between rival groups. (AP Photo/MENA)The Associated Press

“We were promised to receive technical support and training,” al-Nazuri told a press conference in Cairo with Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdel Aziz and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukri.

“Libya has a military institution and we are able to build our army. We need a little support and [Egyptian] President Abdel Fattah [al-Sissi] promised us such support,” he added.

He said the support will also focus on securing the borders and preventing smuggling and infiltration.

Egypt denied an accusation by Islamist fighters of Libya’s Dawn group that Egyptian warplanes were involved in airstrikes last week against Islamists in Tripoli.

“What was published about this are rumours some are trying to promote … to become a reality … Egypt is not involved in any military action in Libya,” said Shoukri.

He was referring to a report published by the New York Times that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates had launched airstrikes against militias supporting Islamist groups.

Islamist militias opposed to the new parliament consolidated their control in the capital Tripoli in recent days, leading to the escalation of a violent power struggle in parts of the country.

The House of Representatives, elected to replace the Islamist-dominated interim parliament, known as the National Congress, has repeatedly called upon the United Nations to intervene in the country, which in recent months has seen its worst violence since longtime dictator Moamer Gaddafi was toppled in an armed revolt in 2011.

The parliament has been meeting in the smaller eastern city of Tobruk, which has remained stable.

Members of the National Congress – whose term of office expired in February – held a session in Tripoli Monday, reportedly at the behest of the triumphant Islamist militias. The body elected university professor Omar al-Hassi to head a “national salvation government.”

Violence in Libya escalated in May when rogue general Khalifa Haftar and his loyalist militias launched a military campaign against hardline Islamist militias in Benghazi.

Among his prime targets was Ansar al-Sharia, which the United States blames for the murder of its ambassador to Libya in September 2012.

Some army commanders and local tribes have backed Haftar’s drive since May. His critics have accused him of seeking power, a charge he has repeatedly denied.

Haftar’s forces appear to have suffered setbacks in recent weeks, with most of their bases in Benghazi being overrun by the Islamists.

Since Gaddafi’s ousting, Libya’s rulers have struggled to re-establish security, with the oil-rich country paralysed by political infighting and the proliferation of militias and weapons.

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