Libya's Interior Minister: We'll officially request military support from Turkey to fight Haftar's mercenaries

Libya's Interior Minister: We'll officially request military support from Turkey to fight Haftar's mercenaries

December 26, 2019 - 20:26
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha

The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said his government is going to send Turkey an official request for military support to fight the mercenaries fighting for Khalifa Haftar, who gave foreign countries airbases inside Libya.

In a presser in Tunisia on Thursday, Bashagha said there will be massive cooperation between Libya and Turkey as well as Tunisia and Algeria to protect the people and secure the countries.

"We welcome any initiatives that aim to bring all Libyans together but they must be under the auspices of the UN." Bashagha said commenting on the meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Tunisian President Kais Saied, who both reiterated support for the Presidential Council's government.

Bashagha denounced as well the offensive on Tripoli by Khalifa Haftar's forces, saying it had left so far thousands of casualties and displaced thousands of people, accusing several countries of supporting Haftar's Tripoli offensive.

He indicated that there are regional and international countries manipulating the international community's stance toward the Presidential Council's government, adding that Haftar is committing terrorist acts.

Tunisia's President and Erdogan met on Wednesday in Tunis and both reaffirmed that a ceasefire is needed in Libya under the auspices of the UN, renewing support for the internationally recognized Tripoli-based government.

 

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