AU chief concerned over Turkish interference threat in Libya

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Sat, 04 Jan 2020 - 12:44 GMT

FILE: Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat

FILE: Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat

CAIRO – 4 January 2020: African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed on Saturday his utter concern over potential interference in Libya, after Turkey approved the deployment of troops to the country.

Turkish lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill approving a military deployment in Libya to shore up the government in Tripoli and its armed militias.

A total of 509 lawmakers attended the ballot in the 600 seats parliament, with 325 lawmakers voting in favor of the motion, while 184 lawmakers rejecting it.

Faki said in a statement late Friday he was "deeply concerned at the deterioration of the situation in Libya and the continuing suffering of the Libyan people."

"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," read the statement.

Faki urged the international community to join forces with Africa in seeking a peaceful resolution of the crisis, warning it had "dangerous consequences" for continent as a whole.

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