LNA: “Turkey will not withdraw from Libya through negotiations or mediation”

Ahmed Al-Mismari, official spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), noted that the Turkish state is trying to secure the al-Watiya base that is completely under its control.

Al-Mismari further stated that the Turkish state has strengthened its forces at the al-Watiya base for this purpose and stressed that Ankara will not withdraw from Libya either through negotiations or mediation.

He noted that a Turkish military ship entered the al-Khums port on January 4 and left after a few hours, and that there is Turkish military activity at the al-Watiya and Misrata bases.

According to Al-Mismari, who recalled the statement made in the framework of the 5 + 5 Committee with the Tripoli-based government, the military said in a statement that the ceasefire provisions were implemented.

The LNA spokesperson noted that there are attempts to reproduce and export oil and that efforts are also being made to reopen air travel to the west, east and south. According to this statement, the transfer of the detainees has also begun.

After the comprehensive attack by Haftar’s forces on the capital Tripoli in 2019, Turkey sent a large number of weapons and mercenaries to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Unity, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Turkey, as a member of NATO, clearly violated the UN Security Council arms embargo. Turkey’s presence in the area is a serious concern in the countries of the region and internationally.

A cease-fire agreement was signed in October in the UN-facilitated negotiations on Libya. An agreement was also reached to hold general elections in December 2021. However, it is difficult for both parties to agree on who will be the rulers of the transition process.

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