LNA Navy Chief: Cyprus Visit Will Discuss Implications of the GNA-Turkey Agreements – Al Marsad

Chancellor Aguila Saleh, Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HOR), and an accompanying parliamentary delegation and senior military officials arrived in Nicosia today on an official visit to the Republic of Cyprus.

[Libya, 27 December 2019] – The official Libyan delegation, headed by Chancellor Aguila Saleh, will discuss the implications of the agreements signed between Turkey and the Government of National Accord (GNA) on the demarcation of maritime borders and the strengthening of military cooperation and ways to thwart them.

Major General Faraj al-Mahdawi, Chief of Staff of the Naval Forces affiliated with the Libyan National Army General Command, who heads the delegation of the General Command, revealed in a statement to AlArabiya news platform that the visit comes at the invitation of the Cypriot Parliament.

“We will discuss with senior Cypriot officials the implications of the Turkish MOUs with the Tripoli government and the threat they pose to the security and stability of the Mediterranean region and their violation of the sovereignty of Libya, as well as ways of curtailing Ankara’s military and logistic support of the GNA armed militias in an attempt to impede Libyan National Army’s  advance towards the centre of the capital,” Major General Faraj al-Mahdawi said.

“Turkey knows that LNA’s control of the capital Tripoli, means nullifying the effect of all agreements signed with the Government of National Accord and canceling any obligations arising therefrom,” the Chief of Staff of the Naval Forces continued.

As the Turkish government showed its intransigence in moving forward with the implementation of its controversial agreements with the GNA, al-Mahdawi  indicated that the Libyan and Cypriot sides will discuss maritime restrictions on cooperation with Turkey that will include the recently concluded agreements and MOUs between Libya and Greece to counter the Turkey-GNA agreements and MOUs. This will contribute to tightening Turkey’s regional isolation.

© Al Marsad English (2019)