Al-Sarraj tells Italy: Libya is a sovereign state and can sign MoUs with any country it chooses

Al-Sarraj tells Italy: Libya is a sovereign state and can sign MoUs with any country it chooses

December 23, 2019 - 20:37
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj has criticized Italy's stance on the MoU signed with Turkey, saying Libya is a sovereign state and has the right to sign agreements with whatever party it chooses.

Al-Sarraj told Corriere della Sera that he was upset that the Italian Foreign Minister met with Khalifa Haftar, criticizing also the visit of the Greek Foreign Minister to the Interim Government in Benghazi.

"Our capital is being destroyed and houses demolished and our sons are being killed, so no one expects us to sit and watch this without taking action." He explained.

He reiterated that his government forces will win the battle and the attacking forces will eventually stand trial at international justice, adding that they won't have a future in Libya, stressing that his government asked for arms supplies from different countries, including Italy, but no official response was provided by Rome.

Italy expressed rejection to MoU between Turkey and Libya, as its Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio said it could fuel the conflict after he visited Tripoli and Benghazi a few days ago. Di Maio invited Haftar to visit Rome, which seemed as a pressing card against the Presidential Council to scrap the deal with Turkey and abstain from asking for military backup from Ankara.