Al-Safi: Militants from Idlib Fighting Alongside Islamist Terrorists in Libya – Al Marsad

Former Deputy Prime Minister Tayeb al-Safi said that foreign fighters from the Syrian city of Idlib arrived in Libya and are currently fighting against the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the ranks of groups that he described as ‘terrorists’ in Tripoli. He calls on Russia to support Libya and its Libyan National Army in the fight against terrorism.

[Libya, 1 September 2019] – In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, al-Safi said that these foreigners are fighting in Tripoli alongside the remnants of Al Qaeda, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood that are banned terrorist organizations and groups in Russia and a large number of countries. Al-Safi added that Turkish officers are also present in the Operations’ Rooms. “This is well known, and no one can deny it,” he said.

Regarding the Russian position towards Libya, he stressed that Russia maintained historical friendly relationships, is supportive of the Libyan National Army (LNA), and has provided support for Libya in international forums, expressing his hope for more Russian support, especially since most of the LNA weaponry is Russian-made; Russia’s support for Libya is something expected and exists.

The former Deputy Prime Minister has also expressed appreciation for the position of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, towards the Libyan people, whether towards the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), or the Interim Government, or the Libyan National Army (LNA). He characterized the Russian position as excellent, especially with regard to the Russian support of Libya at the Security Council. Al-Safi pointed to “a full coordination between the Libyan state and the Russian government.”

Al-Tayeb al-Safi also called on Libya’s sages, military leaders and all patriotic forces in Tripoli to withdraw their fighters from the battle against the Libyan National Army (LNA), declaring that it is unreasonable that Libya’s youth, awaiting bright future careers as doctors and engineers, are engaged in confrontations against their country’s army.

© Al Marsad English (2019).