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We may need to request Egyptian Armed Forces intervention: Libyan Speaker

Sun, Jan. 12, 2020
CAIRO - 12 January 2020: Speaker of Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh stated on Sunday that his country may need to request the intervention of the Egyptian Armed Forces if a foreign intervention takes place in Libya.

Saleh made the statement while visiting Egypt’s House of Representatives as he attended the plenary session and met with the General Committee and Speaker Ali Abdel Aal.

“Skhirat Agreement has no value on the ground in Libya...The international community has disregarded those documented facts and incessantly recognizes a presidential council that can be least described as a traitor. [The council] has ignored the willpower of Libyans and their right to defend and preserve their homeland.
[The council] ignored the legitimacy of the elected house of representatives and accepted the return of colonization. [The council] has not called for a unified Arab stance that supports the right of the Libyan House of Representatives to fulfill its duties and use its legislative powers as the only legitimate body in Libya refuting attempts to undermine its role. Signing agreements and treaties requires the endorsement of the House of Representatives. Otherwise, they are invalid,” Saleh said in his speech.

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Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh (l) in Egypt's House of Representatives on January 12, 2020. Egypt Today/Khaled Mashaal


Saleh said that the MoUs signed between the non-elected Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey constitute a violation of 2015 Skhirat Agreement and Libyan sovereignty.

"That is because GNA has not acquired the approval of the House of Representatives and because the MoUs compose a threat to the regional security and a violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea," Saleh stressed, adding that GNA harbors militias breaching all international laws and norms.

Saleh said that the Skhirat Agreement has been broken and that the deal violates the 2011 Constitutional Declaration. Saleh added that GNA is an interim government that should have been toppled two years ago accusing Fayez al-Sarraj of treason, and paving the way for Turkish troops and militias to turn Libya into an Ottoman colony.

“I warn against the danger of proxy war waged by terror elements to fail the nation state in Libya,” Saleh said accusing GNA of theft and terrorism. He pointed out that the Libyan people seeks to establish a democratic civil state but is deterred by a terrorist conspiracy organized by Turkey “which has a bloody history and stands behind terrorism in the region.”

On the sidelines, Saleh told Extra News on Sunday that Tripoli militias breached the ceasefire, and that his visits to Egypt are part of attempts to resolve the Libyan crisis.

On his side, the Egyptian Speaker underlined that the Libyan and Egyptian national security are intertwined in light of the shared geo-politics, and that subsequently, continuous coordination and consultation are must on all levels. Abdel Aal asserted that Libyan resources belong to the Libyan people exclusively, saying that the MoUs signed between the non-elected Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey constitute a violation of international law.

Spokesperson of Egypt’s House of Representatives Salah Hasab Allah stated that the General Committee vigorously condemned in the meeting the Turkish Parliament’s approval to send troops to Libya, as such acts are a violation of international legitimacy principles and UN Security Council’s resolutions on Libya.

The committee also expressed support to the political leadership in all measures it perceives as mandated to deal with the situation.
 
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