Erdogan is not the Libyan caliph, a long war is coming, general says

TRIPOLI, (BM) – Erdogan continues to recruit Syrians to be sent to Libya, spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed al-Mesmari said at a regular press conference on the evening of April 15, learned

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“We are fighting a war against the Turkish Armed Forces, with all of our arms. We will never stain ourselves with what armed groups do. When we entered Zliten, al-Adzhayilat and other cities of the region, we did not break into any house. We went into the cities to drive out the terrorists.” Mesmari said.

He emphasized that “the war will be long” and as early as 2016 the LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar told it to the world.

The general explained that the LNA declared war on terrorism in 2014 for the Libyan people. He emphasized that the fighting in Benghazi was intermittent, but now the war is ongoing, not interrupted, and will not end until all terrorist groups in Libya are destroyed.

Mesmari also stressed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dreams that he will be able to become the new caliph for the Libyans and other peoples, and that everything can be solved with the help of weapons.

Recall that at the last press conference on April 12, Mesmari noted that the Turks constantly import many Syrian mercenaries into Libya and 1,500 mercenaries from Syria arrived in Tripoli.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).


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