The Libyan National Army’s commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is in Cairo, holding talks to prevent Turkey from interfering in Libya, al Arabiya reported, citing its own sources.
Spokesman of the LNA Major General Ahmed al-Mismari made several statements, claiming that the LNA were advancing.
He further said that “the Turkish president exceeded all the standards of the international community and the Security Council and contributed to the transfer of extremist militants from one country to another.”
Finally, he alleged that Turkey not only threatens security in Libya, but also threatens the security of the entire Arab region.
On December 31st, an emergency meeting of the Arab League began, to discuss the situation in Libya.
Meanwhile, Turkey continues with its own propaganda efforts, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar both saying that Ankara was forced to sign the memorandums of understanding with the UN-assigned Government of National Accord (GNA), as there was a “plot” against it to exclude it from the Eastern Mediterranean.
“The project to exclude Turkey from the Mediterranean has been foiled with the latest steps we have taken,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
“With support to the legitimate Tripoli government, Turkey will ensure implementation of all elements of agreements with Libya,” Erdogan added.
On December 30th, Turkey’s presidency submitted a motion to the Parliament Speaker’s Office on sending troops to Libya. The parliament is set to debate the motion on January 2nd.
The Turkish Defense Minister said that the agreements with the GNA were vital to Turkey “protecting its rights” in the Mediterranean Sea.
Turkey’s state outlet, Anadolu Agency, reported that the GNA had repelled an attack by the LNA, and destroyed 12 armed vehicles and killed 10 enemy fighters during clashes in southern Tripoli. Both the GNA and LNA regularly provide updates claiming that they are successful in their fights.
The GNA provided an alleged video of it shelling LNA positions at the Equestrian Bridge.
— Libya Alahrar TV – قناة ليبيا الأحرار (@libyaalahrartv) December 30, 2019
A photograph was uploaded of alleged the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army, who are waiting at an airport to be transferred to Libya so they can join the fight.
Someone should seriously take away all phones from Syrian fighters before deploying them anywhere… ? pic.twitter.com/glZwVly9Lq
— Aldin ?? (@aldin_ww) December 30, 2019
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