Libyan Defense Minister: Aqila Saleh has no authority on the ground

Libyan Defense Minister: Aqila Saleh has no authority on the ground

September 14, 2020 - 15:32
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Libyan Defense Minister, Salah Al-Namroush said that the Speaker of Tobruk Parliament, Aqila Saleh, has no authority in reality as Khalifa Haftar is the real boss on the ground.

Talking to the "Libya Al-Ahrar" channel, on Sunday, the defense minister confirmed that they have doubts regarding Haftar's commitment to the cease-fire.

"Currently, there is a ceasefire under the auspices of the international community, which war criminal Haftar tried more than once to break it, and the operations and mobilization of troops continue from his side, but we are ready to repel any aggression," he said.

He stressed the Libyan army supports the ongoing political process by adhering to the ceasefire. "We want a civil and a democratic state, we support the political process, but we will not give up Sirte and Jufra, or any inch of Libya," he added.

Al-Namroush explained that the Sirte and Jufra operations Room is an integral part of the Libyan Ministry of Defense, revealing communicating and reinforcements are going on, to advance towards restoring control of all Libyan soil.

Regarding the developments of the mercenaries file including the Russian Wagner Group, he said that the Ministry of Defense has enough evidence that proves the existence of Russian Wagner fighters in Libya, noting that the information on this regard will be forwarded to the international organizations to decide on this file.

He also recalled the AFRICOM's detection of several Russian planes landing at Al-Jufra base and Sirte, led by Russian mercenary pilots, but "despite all these documents, international organizations are moving slowly, and their response does not measure up to the event," as he put it.