Egypt says won't intervene militarily in Libya

CAIRO, March 17 Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:21pm EDT

CAIRO, March 17 (Reuters) - Egypt said on Thursday it would not be involved in any military intervention in its neighbour Libya after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said discussions were under way about possible Arab involvement.

"Egypt will not be among those Arab states. We will not be involved in any military intervention. No intervention period," Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Menha Bakhoum told Reuters.

She was responding to comments by Clinton, who visited Egypt before travelling to Tunisia where she spoke on Thursday about a possible Arab role. A French diplomatic source also said any action could involve France, Britain, the United States and one or more Arab states. (Writing by Edmund Blair)