What are the signs of Erdogan’s recognition of the presence of pro-Ankara Syrian fighters in Libya?


In a remarkable development, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recognized the presence of Syrian fighters alongside Turkish forces in Libya, who are fighting alongside the internationally recognized Fayez al-Sarraj government in Tripoli.

For his part, the Libyan National Army Commander, Field Marshal Haftar’s background confirmed that patience had begun to pass, because the other parties had not committed to stopping the truce and constantly violating it by armed gangs.

In response, the United Nations Special Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh, stressed that he “faces obstacles related to violations of the arms embargo and the armistice announced last month,” stressing that the conditions of the Libyan army commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, to establish a cease-fire are reasonable.

Commenting on that, Turkish political analyst Jalal Al-Salami said, “The Turkish president’s talk about the presence of Syrian fighters in Tripoli is a veiled message to the Russian side, which says that Ankara considers Idlib and Tripoli one issue, and it can press Russia in Libya for Idlib and vice versa.” , Confirming that Turkey is continuing to use all its cards to extend its influence in Libya.

On the contradiction of the Turkish position with the “Berlin” outputs and the relevant Security Council resolutions, Al-Salami explained in his interview with the “Between the Lines” program, that “the formula of Erdogan’s talk about the presence of Syrian fighters in Libya did not bear explicit recognition that Turkey was the one that sent the fighters and trained them. Therefore, there can be no position by the Security Council against Ankara except in the event of evidence and evidence. “

For his part, Nasser Zuhair, a researcher in international relations, said that “Western powers will not deal with Erdogan’s statements about Libya as adding something new, because there are many signs against Turkey in Libya, which had been announced previously, even after the Berlin conference, and this is what he indicated Ghassan Salama. “

Zuhair continued in his interview with the program “Between the Lines”, saying: “Despite the complexity of the scene, the UN envoy Ghassan Salameh issues optimistic statements that are far from reality. Therefore, I do not expect that there will be positives on the Geneva military track, because all parties are far apart in their goals and interests.” And it cannot be agreed upon. “

He concluded: “The only point that can be agreed upon is the meetings of the Economic Committee, the mechanism for distributing oil revenues and re-pumping it, otherwise there will be no progress in the negotiations, unless the truce turns into a permanent ceasefire, and this requires a great effort.”

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Prepared and presented by Hind Al Dhawi


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