‘We have a million Libyans ready to fight against Turkey’ – the Council of Sheikhs
TRIPOLI, (BM) – The readiness of about a million people to fight against Turkey was confirmed by the head of the Supreme Council of Sheikhs and prominent figures of the Libyan tribes Saleh al-Fundi, the Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Fundy said: “We have a million citizens who are ready and trained to take up arms, and we can send them to the battlefield, in addition to our sons who are already in our military.”
Al-Fundi noted that the most informative response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is that the tribes of Libya supported the proposal to Egypt to send troops to Libya, “if he decides to enter Libya [Erdogan], then his forces will receive hospitality and welcome from everyone, especially the tribes in the western region.”
The press secretary of the Libyan parliament, Abdullah Bleihak, confirmed in an interview with the publication that the decision of the Egyptian parliament to send troops to carry out combat missions outside the borders “was a response to the request of the Libyan parliament as a legal representative elected by the people”, as an appeal of the Libyan brothers and their representatives from the sheikhs , prominent figures and heads of Libyan tribes during their recent meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The spokesman added that Ankara “has not ceased to violate UN Security Council resolutions and international resolutions prohibiting the supply of weapons to Libya, and continues to send weapons, equipment and mercenaries to support the armed militias [forces supporting the Government of National Accord] to this day.”
He noted that the decision of the Egyptian parliament “will contribute to the achievement of security and stability, the failure of mercenaries and the chaos supported by Turkey and others.”
GNA and Turkey are ready to attack Haftar’s army
The Libyan National Accord Government (GNA), headed by Faiz Sarraj, has gathered to attack the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to recapture the strategically important city of Sirte, as we reported on July 20.
In particular, it is noted that Turkey, which actively supports the GNA, sent missile launchers to Libya, which were located near Sirte. It is specified that their firing range is approximately 40 kilometers. Other weapons and ammunition were also brought to the position.
According to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, the aggravation of the conflict in Libya and the involvement of allied forces affects the security of all Arab countries.
“Egypt seeks to bring the differences to a political consensus that will preserve the stability and security of Libyan lands from the intervention of extremist militias and external parties,” he explained. At the same time, Turkey insists on increasing the number of military equipment and inciting armed clashes, the politician said.
Shawkri also said that Egypt, which is an ally of the Haftar army, will continue to monitor developments in Libya. The decision to send his own troops to the conflict territory will be made by Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah Khalil al-Sisi later.
On July 15, it was reported that the LNA, led by Haftar, expects in the near future a big battle with the troops of the GNA and Turkey in the vicinity of the strategically important Sirt and al-Jufra. In addition, Haftar’s supporters said they did not intend to attack first, but were ready to restrain any forces that would try to storm.
Libyan civil war
Having ruled the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in the 2011 civil war. As a result, the country found itself in a situation of dual power: in the east, a parliament is sitting in Tobruk, supported by the Libyan national army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west, in Tripoli, a government of national accord.
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).
At the same time, the GNA is actively supporting Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.
Ruling the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed during the 2011 civil war. As a result, the country found itself in a situation of dual power: in the east, a parliament sits in Tobruk, supported by the Libyan national army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west in Tripoli, a government of national accord. At the same time, the PNC actively supports Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.
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