Libya's eastern Foreign Ministry accuses rival government in Tripoli of using embassies to advocate falsehood

Libya's eastern Foreign Ministry accuses rival government in Tripoli of using embassies to advocate falsehood

February 13, 2019 - 18:36
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Interim Government's Foreign Ministry in eastern Libya has accused the Presidential Council's government in Tripoli headed by Fayez Al-Sirraj of having some sort of domination on and using embassies abroad to spread false information about Libyans.

The remarks came in a statement condemning the complaint of the Libyan ambassador to the UN Security Council about the airstrikes of Khalifa Haftar's forces on El Feel oilfield in which he called for immediate measures against Haftar's Air Force.

The Foreign Ministry said that Al-Sirraj's government escalation aims to create more tension and hinder the national efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis by comprehensive reconciliation.

According to the statement, Haftar's forces were instructed by the Chief Commander of "Libyan Arab National Army" as per an emergency state announced in April 2018 to secure southern Libya and liberate it from foreign forces as well as end the presence of smuggling and kidnapping gangs.

"We are in full support for the Libyan Arab National Army in its fight against terrorists and criminal gangs." The statement reads.

The Libyan ambassador at the UN Security Council Al-Mahdi Al-Mijirabi at the Security Council on behalf of the Presidential Council's (PC) government against the so-called General Command of the Eastern Region, concerning the .

In a letter addressed to the Security Council Saturday, Al-Mijirabi said that a military aircraft of the so-called General Command in the Eastern Province carried out an air raid, hitting the runway as a Libyan Airlines' plane was preparing to transport sick and wounded people for treatment in Tripoli.

The Libyan representative informed the council of the PC's government request to the Security Council in order to take urgent measures to stop such acts immediately, and oblige all Libyan parties to implement the Security Council resolutions and stop any attack that would jeopardize state institutions.

"The strike targeted the airport's runway and infrastructure of El Feel field, which is one of the main oil fields in the southwest of the country, and one of the livelihoods of the Libyan people," the complaint said, stressing that such attacks are recognized as crimes against humanity in all international laws and treaties.