Chancellor Aguila Saleh to US Ambassador: We Reject Any Political Solution that Includes Turkey – Al Marsad

The President of the House of Representatives (HOR), Chancellor Aguila Saleh, indicated that he proposed Sirte to the US Ambassador Richard Norland to be the seat of the upcoming unified Libyan authority until the next parliamentary elections.

“We do not accept the use of the oil revenues to pay the salaries of the armed militias and mercenaries. We demanded a bank account be opened for oil revenues. Oil income will be frozen and will not go to the Central Bank until a new authority is formed”— Chancellor Aguila Saleh

(Libya, 11 August 2020) – In an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath channels yesterday, Chancellor Aguila Saleh confirmed that he discussed with US Ambassador Richard Norland the issue of oil and expressed his reservations about the presence of armed militias in the oil installations and any connection they may have to the oil file.

Chancellor Aguila Saleh meets with US Ambassador Richard Norland

“We do not accept the use of the oil revenues to pay the salaries of the armed militias and mercenaries. We demanded a bank account be opened for oil revenues. Oil income will be frozen and will not go to the Central Bank until a new authority is formed,” asserted Saleh.

He indicated that he called for an investigation into the funds transferred by the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) to find out their whereabouts.

In another context, Saleh stressed that the Government of National Accord (GNA) is not a party to any dialogue and the HOR refuses any talks with it because it does not recognize it, pointing out that the GNA has not been able to implement any point of the Skhirat Agreement.

Saleh stressed the need to form a new authority that will have new legitimacy and underscored the need to forge a new political solution and a new authority without any Turkish presence.

“We reject the presence of Turkey in any new political equation inside Libya and Sarraj has to leave the scene after 5 years in office. Turkey knows that its war is a fiasco. It will never enter Sirte and it knows this very well. No one can divide Libya,” stated the President of the Libyan Parliament.

He also believed that the main reason for pumping militias and mercenaries to Libya is to influence the pumping of oil inside Libya, indicating that no one calls for war and that the US has an interest in reaching a ceasefire in Libya.

In this context, he said: “We discussed with the US the exit of armed militias from Libya and that the political solution should be the only tenable way in Libya. The US adheres to the ceasefire in Libya and I think it will tell Turkey that the war in Libya is useless.”

He noted that the Cairo Declaration is inclusive of all political ideas and initiatives and is satisfactory to everyone, even the political opponents, stressing that some do not want the stability of Libya because they thrive in the chaos that engulfs the country.

Chancellor Aguila Saleh affirmed once more that he had no dispute with the Commander of the Libyan Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. He said: “Our goal is to cleanse Libya of mercenaries and armed militias. We affirm that at this stage there is a need for a political solution, not a military one. We never dispense with the Libyan Army in the main tasks and we shall always support it to preserve the sovereignty of the Libyan state.”

© Al-Marsad English (2020)