LNA Spox: Turkey and Qatar Defense Ministers visited Tripoli to calm down infighting between GNA factions

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 18 Aug 2020, 05:39 PM
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The spokesman for the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, commented on the visit of Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Qatari Khalid Al-Attiyah to Tripoli on Monday.

He said that there are two reasons behind that visit, "the first is an attempt to transfer Turkey the battle from the eastern Mediterranean region to Libya and the second was an attempt to calm down infighting between conflicting organizations and militias in Tripoli," according to his statement to Sky News.

On Germany’s proposal to make the city of Sirte demilitarized, he commented that “Berlin fell under the influence of other powers and changed the course of the Berlin conference on Libya and its outcomes,” adding that “the area that should be demilitarized is Tripoli.”

He pointed out that “Turkey has strengthened its presence in the western region, especially Tripoli and Misrata, recently transferring two air defense systems to Watiyah air base, as well as 50 to 60 military vehicles in the vicinity of the base,” adding that the giant Turkish transport aircraft “are still carrying mercenaries and Syrian extremists from Gaziantep to Misrata."


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