‘Some countries’ try to thwart political agreement in Libya: Saleh

Some countries are trying to establish Islamic groups in Libya through buying mercenaries and funding armed groups to thwart the political agreement, speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aguila Saleh said Monday.

Saleh, who did not name those countries, told Egyptian TV channel CBC Extra that the Libyan National Army (LNA) moved to Tripoli to “rescue” it from armed groups, emphasizing that the eastern army’s main objective is to protect the Libyan borders and prevent any external infringement on the sovereignty of the state and its legitimate institutions.

In a TV speech June 16, head of the Government of the National Accord (GNA) Faiez al-Sarraj presented an initiative to break the crisis in the country by holding a Libyan forum in coordination with the U.N. Support Mission in Libya, with the representation of all national forces to agree on a peaceful and democratic solution.

Commenting on Sarraj’s initiative, the HoR speaker said he welcomes any initiative aiming to reach a political solution in Libya; however, Sarraj cannot implement his own initiative until he shows his disavowal from the armed groups, Saleh said.

Turkey became a direct party involved in ongoing war in the Capital, Tripoli, by funding and arming militias, as accused by the LNA and HoR.

Previously, the LNA spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari explained that Turkish soldiers are fighting along side the GNA against LNA inside Tripoli. 

Further, reports earlier claimed that terrorists from the Syrian town of Idlib are being transferred to escalate the conflict in Libya with Turkish help to fight in the ranks of the GNA.


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