President of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiez al-Sarraj admitted on Tuesday that he has been provided with weapons sent by certain countries to support the GNA in its fight with the Libyan National Army (LNA).
“We seek to defend ourselves; hence, we cooperate with friendly countries as we see fit to protect our people and defend the legitimacy of the Government of National Accord,” Sarraj told Sputnik news, commenting on whether his government has received field military assistance.
Further, he accused General Commander of the LNA Khalifa Haftar of obtaining weapons from different countries, encouraging the eastern army to attack the western region.
“According to the statement of the representative of the U.N. mission and other numerous reports, the aggressor forces have received different types of weapons from different states – now well-known to everyone – over the past three years. The aggressor has been motivated to attack Tripoli exactly due to having this huge arsenal,” he added.
He further explained that the LNA has violated the U.N. arms embargo; therefore, the GNA has called on the international platforms to put an end to this violation or allow the western government to arm itself.
Since the beginning of the battles in the western region as the LNA makes progress towards the capital, Turkey and Qatar have allegedly backed the GNA through sending shipments of weapons to the GNA’s armed groups.
On June 28, LNA spokesperson Ahmed al Mismari claimed that Turkish soldiers are fighting along side with the GNA in Tripoli. M