Tripoli Foreign Ministry: GNA Asked Ankara to Overcome Red Tape for Any Request for Assisance – Al Marsad

Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Mohammed al-Qiblawi, said that the Tripoli-based GNA has not yet submitted a request to the Ankara government to send Turkish troops to Libya.

[Libya, 6 January 2020] – Mohammed Al-Qiblawi, in exclusive statements to Sputnik made it clear that what the Libyan side has requested from Turkey so far is to complete all administrative and legal procedures so that if the government in Tripoli requests support there will be no obstacles.

He claimed that in the event of an escalation in Tripoli, similar to the bombing of the Tripoli Military Academy last night, the Government of National Accord (GNA) will request support.

The GNA’s MFA spokesperson added that the vote of the House of Representatives (HOR) to reject the GNA-Turkey concluded MOUs lacks any weight in the absence of a quorum necessary to pass it in the Libyan Parliament, which means that it is not a binding vote, as he claimed.

He stressed that the GNA Foreign Ministry directed the Libyan Permanent Mission at the United Nations to request holding an emergency session of the Security Council to discuss the escalation in the military operations and file a formal complaint on the attack that took place on Saturday at the Tripoli Military College. The Libyan National Army has requested the United Nations to hold an enquiry into the attack, and said accusations by the GNA that the LNA was responsible fo the attack were groundless.

© Al Marsad English (2020)