Head of Libya's High Council of State: Egypt is leading a coup in Libya

Head of Libya's High Council of State: Egypt is leading a coup in Libya

December 29, 2019 - 21:01
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the Libyan High Council of State (HCS) Khalid Al-Mishri has said that Egypt is leading a coup in Libya.

Al-Mishri told Al-Jazeera on Sunday that Khalifa Haftar and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Tobruk, Aqila Saleh are being assisted by Egypt and UAE since 2014.

He added that Haftar became a thing from the past even for his allies after he had burnt all his political cards, saying that Haftar will have no place in future political settlements.

Al-Mishri added that Russia doesn’t publicly say it is fighting for Haftar, only Russian companies like Vagner dose, while the Russian government says it recognizes the Presidential Council's government.

"The other party made the Presidential Council's government to resort to Turkey to confront the sedition led by the UAE," Al-Mishri added, saying Haftar and Saleh have requested help from France and Italy as well as others.

He indicated that the Presidential Council is not asking Turkey to fight for Libyans, saying; "we can defend Tripoli, Sirte, Misrata and Al-Zawiya. We just want Turkey to bring balance to the battlefield.”

Al-Mishri explained; "No one helped us over the last period until we lost confidence in the international legitimacy."

He added that Libya doesn’t want to form alliances, rather it wants coordinations with neighboring countries, saying Libya's relations with Algeria and Tunisia are mutual as they have similar visions for the region.