Erdogan’s advisor: We do not plan to withdraw from Libya
After Turkey and Russia failed to persuade Libyan army chief Khalifa Haftar to sign a binding ceasefire agreement to stop the offensive that began nine months ago to drive militias out of the Libyan capital, Turkey confirmed on Wednesday that it would not withdraw from Libya.
Turkey has no intention of withdrawing from Libya and does not consider its existence an occupation, an adviser to Turkish President Yasin Aqai told Sputnik.
This comes at a time when Libyan parliament speaker Akela Saleh earlier Wednesday called for an Arab role to counter Turkish interventions in Libya. “We demand an Arab role to counter the Turkish invasion of Libya,” he said during a speech to an Arab parliament session in Cairo.
He also called for joining forces to conclude the Joint Arab Defense Agreement.
He also criticized all Turkish interventions in his country and questioned “what legacy Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in Libya,” accusing him of trying to revive the legacy of Ottoman injustice in Libya.
“Turkish team currently in Libya”
For his part, the Turkish defense minister said it was too early to say that the ceasefire in Libya had collapsed.
He also acknowledged that a Turkish training team was currently in Libya.
On Tuesday evening, reported that the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, informed the Russian side of several conditions to maintain the Tripoli truce, including a time limit of 45 to 90 days for armed militias to hand over arms in full.
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He also demanded that weapons be held from the hands of militias under the control of the Libyan armed forces.
Haftar also informed the Russian side of its refusal to allow Turkey to be an international mediator, arguing that intermediate states should be neutral, and stick to supporting Libya’s stability, not supporting armed militias or sending extremists.