Akar: Why isn't EU's Operation IRINI blocking Haftar's military supplies?

Akar: Why isn't EU's Operation IRINI blocking Haftar's military supplies?

June 06, 2021 - 19:57
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, said Saturday that Ankara will continue to support Libya and provide its assistance despite all the provocative measures of the European Union’s Operation IRINI, saying Turkey had been in contact with all Libya stakeholders, especially Egypt to achieve lasting peace in the country.

Akar said on the sidelines of Turkish Army's "Sea Wolf Military Exercise 2021" in the Northern Mediterranean, Saturday that Turkish Army personnel had been training Libyan Army cadres on demining activities, humanitarian response, health and other bilateral cooperation fields as per the joint agreements between the two countries.

Akar said Khalifa Haftar's recent military parade was a proof that he had been trying to stay relevant and that the real problem in Libya was Haftar and his allies.

He said Operation IRINI is appearantly trying to implement the rules on the Government of National Unity only, asking a question: "Where's European Union's Operation IRINI? Why doesn't it intercept the military support and weapons that arrive from foreign parties to Haftar?"

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