Interior Minister: UAE's support for Haftar is a threat to Libya's national security

Interior Minister: UAE's support for Haftar is a threat to Libya's national security

April 22, 2020 - 21:32
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

"Russian Wagner mercenaries are using nerve agents on Salah Al-Deen frontline," he says

The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha has slammed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a threat to Libya's national security that only ends with the termination of its project and the arms in Libya which are executing its agenda, referring to Khalifa Haftar and his supporters.

Bashagha added in a press conference in Tripoli on Wednesday that Khalifa Haftar's project in Libya is sponsored and supported by the UAE, Egypt, Jordan and lately Saudi Arabia.

Bashagha also called on the neighboring country Egypt to reconsider its stance and preserve it the interests of its people, saying what harms Libya would harm Egypt as well.

"The UAE's support continuous to create chaos in Libya and it must be terminated because it's obvious Abu Dhabi doesn't want to change its policies in Libya." He remarked.

Bashagha also said that several Egyptian soldiers had been killed fighting for Haftar's forces, adding that the Interior Ministry couldn't verify whether they were sent by the Egyptian government or just mercenaries.

Speaking about the ongoing challenges of Coronavirus pandemic, Bashagha said Haftar didn't care about the humanitarian situation and increased his attacks on civilians in Tripoli.

He also said that the forces of the Government of National Accord are now on the outskirts of Tarhouna and Al-Watiya airbase, saying Haftar's forces and mercenaries are responsible for what happens in that city and that the locals there have nothing to do with this ongoing conflict.

Bashagha further added that there will be no peace or dialogue with Haftar, saying the GNA won't allow the setup of a military dictatorship in Libya, blaming Haftar's forces for cutting off water supplies to Tripoli, electricity outages and all other shortages in the southern region in Libya.

"Russian Wagner mercenaries are using nerve agents on Salah Al-Deen frontline, where some fighters of GNA forces were killed by snipers after being subjected to nerve agents. This can't be done by any party but Wagner Group mercenaries." Bashagha indicated.

Speaking about eastern Libya, Bashagha said his government was concerned about the threats faced by medics and paramedics in areas under Haftar's control, saying lack of transparency and credibility remained very alarming.

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