On Wednesday 27 November of a military and security agreement was signed between the government of national unity led by Fayez el-Sarraj and Turkey accentuates the division in Libya.
The military and security agreement was signed during a meeting between Turkish President Erdogan and Libyan leader Fayez el-Sarraj, supported by the international community. The clauses of the document have not been revealed and causing an outcry in the east of the country under the control of Khalifa Haftar, who is opposed to Tripoli.
According to Ankara, this agreement is supposed to “strengthen the ties between the two armies”. It constitutes “a broader version of the existing framework agreement on military cooperation” between the two parties.
The Fayez el-Sarraj government had already signed several agreements with Turkey. The latter does not hide its political and military support for the authorities of the Libyan West. President Erdogan even believes that Turkish aid to Tripoli has helped to rebalance the situation against Khalifa Haftar’s forces, supported by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, among others.
For his part, Fathi Bachagha, Libyan Interior Minister in the Government of National Unity, believes that the agreement goes in the right direction and “comforts our fighters on the front”. The GNA believes that it will be able to
For his part, Fathi Bachagha, Libyan Interior Minister in the Government of National Unity, believes that the agreement goes in the right direction and “comforts our fighters on the front”. The GNA believes that it will thus be able to extend its domination throughout Libya.
Viewed from the Libyan East, the agreement threatens the country’s stability, is “illegal and dubious” and allows terrorists to have access to weapons. The other fear concerns the violation of maritime and air space and the installation of Turkish bases on Libyan soil. Parliamentarians express a request for UN intervention.