Fathi Bashagha: Institutions Within the State Undermine the Interior Ministry – Al Marsad

Minister of Interior in the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fathi Bashagha, amidst all current political and military upheaval, said there was a need to train all employees of his ministry on modern technologies.

(Libya, 1 June 2020) – During a meeting attended by his deputies with the senior officials of the ministry at the Academy of Graduate Studies in Janzur, Bashagha said his ministry’s staff needed to keep pace with technology, to rise to the ranks of interior ministries of developed countries.

In his speech, Bashagha stated that the meeting was part of the security tasks of the Ministry of Interior and its role to maintain the stability and security of Libya, given that security is the backbone of countries in times of peace and war.

Although Bashagha has been instrumental in collaborating with Turkey in shipping in over 10,000 Syrian mercenaries, he said he hoped that Libya would be a stable, sovereign state that had ownership of solutions to any of its issues without the intervention of any external parties.

He attributed the thriving activity of armed and criminal gangs and human smuggling networks to the poor performance of his ministry. “This is the role of the security directorates in all regions of Libya. They should spare no effort to curb all subversive activities that stigmatize Libyan society,” argued GNA’s Interior Minister.

Bashagha called on all his ministry’s staff to intensify efforts and make more sacrifices for Libya by draining the sources of corruption, controlling the joint of the state, and holding the negligent accountable.

He also revealed that institutions within the Libyan state stand against the aspirations of the Ministry of Interior and obstruct all its projects.

Touching on illegal immigration, Bashagha indicated that it is a source of concern for the Mediterranean countries in general and Libya in particular, pointing out that some European countries seek to settle migrants inside Libya, which is unacceptable and a violation of the national security of Libya, as he put it.

He saluted all of those “stationed on the frontlines and axes in their defense of Tripoli” against the “militias and mercenaries” (Libyan armed forces) striving to replicate “military rule” in Libya, as he claimed. However, recent reports from the frontlines indicare that GNA’s militants failed attempt to stop the advance of the Libyan armed forces to the heart of the capital.

Bashagha noted the need to introduce a training program for specialized high schools for police training due to the role their graduates would play in establishing security and stability in the country and preserving lives and public and private property.

© Al Marsad English (2020)