Libyan public is happy about the way Turkey is intervening in Libya. A faction of Libyans and Syrians has got together and are protesting in Benghazi otherwise. They seem to have been instigated by the self-styled rebel army under the leadership of Khalifa Haftar.
The Turkish parliament has quickly passed a bill to deploy military support to GNA the UN-recognized government in Libya. Haftar is fuming and trying to garner support from the general public on the pretext that Ankara is doing all this to “regain control of Libya”, a former province of the Ottoman Empire.
Haftar came into existence after the NATO-backed uprising eliminated long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.
Libya has remained beset by turmoil since then. While the East has been held by Haftar, the West is being held by the Tripoli government, headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj.
With Turkey stepping in, the people are hoping for a victory to democracy. However, political analysts are right in thinking that Turkey does not have peace on its mind when it comes to helping Sarraj. Here, Haftar’s assertion is proving to be right who had earlier raised an alarm over Turkey’s signing two agreements of cooperation with the Sarraj government.
“The various threats of political and military interference in the internal affairs of the country increase the risk of a confrontation, whose motives have nothing to do with the fundamental interests of the Libyan people and their aspirations for freedom, peace, democracy, and development,” is a warning that African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat has sounded via a public statement. Moussa Faki Mahamat is a Chadian politician and diplomat who has been Chairperson of the African Union Commission since 14 March 2017.
Turkish deployment is an expensive one. According to reports doing rounds in the media, there are two aspects, the huge gas, and economic interests for Erdogan. Turkey has been eyeing control of Cyprus due to its rich reserves and a sensitive history. With easy access via Libya to the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey can achieve further control and a strong one.
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