Haftar forces are not going to stop at anything. It is completely in disapproval of Turkey joining hands with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) that is recognized by the UN and has Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj at the helm.
Khalifa Haftar’s Libya National Army has said that ‘any Turkish forces setting foot in the Libyan would be considered hostile forces and legitimate target.’ Recap Tayyip Erdogan had confirmed on December 10 that he would be sending in Turkish forces to support the GNA. However, Haftar has pointed out that in doing so, Erdogan would be in violation of the UN security council resolutions.
Haftar may be correct in saying that the decision of GNA head, Fayez Serraj, to activate the military cooperation agreement with Turkey is merely ‘aimed at boosting his militia’s power.’ Sarraj may have missed the point that giving entry to Turkey is like opening a death trap to another nation that would like to get a piece of this meaty nation.
A deal was signed between Saaraj and Turkish officials on October 27 at which a memorandum of understanding was signed for military cooperation between the legitimate government and the Turkish government.
While openly Turkey is awaiting a go-ahead from Libyan legal government to sent troops, according to UN reports, Turkey has already supplied military equipment to forces loyal to the GNA, including tanks and drones. This new association will also lead to the delineation of maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea.
According to Haftar, the new alliance will amount to a “defense pact” that grants the Turkish government the right to use Libyan airspace and waters as well as build military bases on Libyan soil. Libya remains oil and gas-rich and reserves the borders important Mediterranean trade routes. The country’s destabilization aroused the avarice of various international players, including the Turkish government. With signing a pact for maritime boundaries, Turkey ensures the safety of Libya’s largest natural resource and mode of employment and trade.
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