No peace talks – Haftar called Arab States for collective defense against Turkey

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The demand to apply the provisions of the collective defense treaty of the Arab states to counter Turkish military intervention in Libya was put forward by the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar on June 3 during his visit to Egypt, learned citing Al Arabiya TV channel.

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According to the channel’s message, Haftar “asked Egypt to support him in the international arena to stop Turkey’s invasion of Libya,” and called on “to apply the provisions of the collective defense agreement of the League of Arab States.”

In addition, Haftar demanded to lift the embargo on the supply of armaments of LNA and carry out international monitoring to prevent the entry of weapons from Turkey to Libya.

According to the channel, representatives of the Egyptian side declared their rejection of foreign interference in Libyan affairs and assured the head of the LNA that Egypt “will not allow any threat to its western borders.”

Recall, on June 3, Field Marshal Haftar arrived in Cairo on an unplanned visit to consult with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leadership of the Ministry of Defense. The meeting in Egypt precedes the summit, which is planned to be held in Geneva according to the “5+5” formula – five representatives each from the LNA and the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Marshal of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar refused to conduct peace negotiations with the Government of National Accord (GNA), on June 4, Al-Arabiya television channel broadcasts.

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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