LNA Spox: Al-Sarraj's initiative was written in a foreign capital for public relations purposes

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 24 Aug 2020, 05:20 PM
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The spokesman for the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, criticized that the initiative announced by Libya Presidential Council leader Fayez Al-Sarraj, saying it "was for public relations," adding that it was "written in another capital."

Al-Mismari’s statement came during a press conference held on Sunday, in response to the announcement by Al-Sarraj for a ceasefire and halt to combat operations.

Al-Mismari added that, "there was a transfer of forces from the city of Misrata to the Al-Hisha area, southeast of the city, after a meeting held today that included the Turkish Deputy Chief of Staff and a number of officers and militia leaders at the Misrata Air Force Academy to prepare an attack on the city of Sirte."

Al-Mismari stated that, "On Friday evening, units from Tripoli, Al-Watiya and other cities began heading towards Gharyan and Al-Asaba and carried out criminal operations," indicating on a map the location of hundreds of armed vehicles south of Gharyan.

 Al-Mismari asked, "Are these moves and this mobilization for a ceasefire?"

He added that they expect "that the advancing forces and militias to attack our units in Sirte and our units in Jufrah, and after that they will advance towards the oil crescent area, Brega and Ras Lanuf."

He stressed that the LNA's ground and air reconnaissance units "confirm the enemy's true intentions in the Sirte and the Jufrah region," predicting an "attempt to attack Murzuq and then Sabha in order to expand terrorism in Libya through the sponsorship of Qatar and Turkey." 

"The entire armed forces are now in a combat position and are ready to deal with the enemy if they think about continuing to advance towards the city of Sirte," he emphasized at the conclusion of his speech.

Al-Mismari did not mention the announcement made by the Speaker of the Parliament, Aguila Saleh, regarding the ceasefire, which was issued on Friday in conjunction with Al-Sarraj's statement.

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