TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) will be ‘victorious against the “Turkish invaders” that are aiding the Government of National Accord (GNA), the LNA’s spokesperson, Ahmad Al-Mismari said in a statement, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Al-Masdar News agency.
Mismari’s comments were said to have been the first made since a Turkish government delegation traveled to Tripoli to meed with the GNA about the ongoing conflict.
The LNA spokesperson said that Turkish delegation traveled to the Libyan capital to “reap the spoils” of the North African nation.
Mismari said the Libyan National Army would resist the “takfiri militias and Turkish invaders”, as they refuse to give into Ankara’s demands and threats.
“The Turks will not succeed in seizing Libya’s resources, which will only belong to the free Libyans,” he stressed.
At the same time, the Libyan National Army declared the areas of Wadi Jarf and Al-Washaka a new military operations zone.
The Libyan Army spokesperson called on the people living in these areas to avoid the battlefield in the coming days, as the LNA combats the GNA east of Misrata city.
Turkey’s military support to the GNA forces in Libya has proven effective thus far, as the latter has managed to retake several areas lost this year.
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).