Egyptian Diplomat Says Turkey is Abusing Libyan Resources – Al Marsad

The former Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister Jamal Bayoumi accused the Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, of dragging Libya towards a dangerous juncture in which the Libyans may incur a heavy price, especially since the recent moves have made the country an arena for a proxy war.

(Libya, 28 May 2020) – Bayoumi, in a statement to Media 24 website on Tuesday, indicated that Turkey, ISIS, and other militias have been draining Libyan resources since the outbreak of the political crisis with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

“Therefore, the appeal of the League of the Arab States (LAS) to all Libyan parties is an important opportunity for Sarraj’s government to make the solution within the Arab fold, avoid foreign interference, and abort Turkey’s stealth attempts to drain his country’s wealth. He should consider this opportunity seriously because it may be his last chance if he wants to resolve Libya’s crisis. At the same time, the appeal by the United States of America to stop supplying arms to both parties to the conflict denotes seriousness in dealing with the Libyan file before slipping into a more dangerous turn that might cast a shadow over the neighboring countries,” elaborated Bayoumi.

The former Egyptian diplomat pointed out that the grave peril today in Libya is the proxy and guerrilla warfare and the intervention of a party that has nothing to do with the political or geographical nature or interests of the country and its national security. “Turkey’s incessant military movements will entail corresponding moves that would destabilize Libya and threaten the entire region. Then, the neighboring countries shall be forced to intervene militarily in Libya,” warned Bayoumi.

Bayoumi indicated that Egypt has the full military right to deal with the Libyan file if it deems it necessary. “Libya is a geographical extension to Egypt, a member of the African Union (AU), and a partner in the joint defense system. Moreover, two million Egyptian citizens work in Libya,” concluded the former Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister.

© Al Marsad English (2020)