US might send troops to help Turkey against Russian ‘intervention’ in Libya
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The transfer of the auxiliary military brigade to Tunisia is seen by the United States as a response to allegedly continuing Russian intervention in Libyan affairs, said the head of the US AF Command (AFRICOM) four-star General Stephen Townsend during a meeting with Tunisian Defense Minister Imed Hazgi, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“As Russia continues to fan the flames of the Libyan conflict, regional security in North Africa is a heightened concern. We’re looking at new ways to address mutual security concerns with Tunisia, including the use of our Security Force Assistance Brigade,” said Townsend.
At the same time, the head of AFRICOM noted that the US partners in Africa “are besieged by malicious figures and terrorist networks.”
In a statement, Tunisia’s defense ministry said the United States was a main partner in the effort to build the Tunisian army’s operational capability.
Recall that the military security assistance brigades are used by the United States to train and train military personnel of partner countries on their territory.
We also recall that in May of this year, the United States accused Russia of military intervention in Libyan affairs by supporting the forces of Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Russia categorically denies all allegations of military intervention and claims to be interested in resolving the situation in Libya.
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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