Foreign Ministry: Statement by opposing countries to Libyan-Turkish deal amounts to interference in internal affairs

Foreign Ministry: Statement by opposing countries to Libyan-Turkish deal amounts to interference in internal affairs

May 12, 2020 - 13:57
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Written By: RabiaGolden

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of National Accord (GNA), has expressed its astonishment at the joint statement of the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, France in collaboration and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Ministry said the statement that these five countries included falsehoods and open abuse, aimed against the sovereignty of the Libyan state, stressing in a statement on Monday, that it was specifically aimed against the memorandums signed between Libya and Turkey.

It expressed its surprise at the UAE’s input in the statement, which was issued on Monday, noting that it is not, in fact, a Mediterranean country to assume the right to suggest goals or objectives regarding Libya, this likely prompted it to join hands with other countries with similar agendas against the GNA.

The Ministry explained that the Libyan-Turkish deal was signed according to international conventions and does not impinge on the rights of any third party, adding that Libya announced, at the time of signing, its willingness to negotiate or clarify the aims of the agreement.

It also took into full consideration, any claim of suffering as a result, whilst retaining the right of resorting to these measures, just as Malta and Tunisia have done in similar cases.

The Ministry stressed that the aforementioned states are in fact members of the United Nations, which fully recognizes the GNA as the only legitimate government in Libya, adding that the memorandum was signed, in effect, by an internationally recognized government, in accordance with its national sovereignty.

“Any objection or scepticism regarding this matter violates the national sovereignty of the Libyan State and all credibility of the governments of these countries, both internationally and in the eyes of their own people, has been shattered, having falsified major facts, in order to serve their own goals in the region.” The Ministry remarked.

It concluded that the GNA remains the internationally recognized government of Libya, which exercises its legal right to defend its citizens and protect its country and economic rights.

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