Abusahmain: Maiteeq Has Not Observed the Minimum Limits of his Competence – Al Marsad

Former General National Congress (GNA) Chairman Nuri Abusahmain, who is close to the terrorist Shura Councils and Ansar al-Sharia group, revealed details of his first foreign visit to Russia and the topics he discussed on the Russian role.

(Libya, 22 September 2020) – In an exclusive interview with the Qatari Arab 21 website, Abusahmain confirmed that the most important items of his visit to Moscow were the future of relations between the two countries and the rejection of the actions of the so-called “Wagner Group” inside Libya, indicating that he did not agree with the Russian response that it had nothing to do with this group and its actions.

He indicated that he has been present in the political scene and that the new movement “Ya Biladi” (My Country) he has launched aims to reject “military rule” and build a civil state by participating in the elections, revealing that his candidacy in the upcoming elections is highly likely.

Abusahmain attacked both Fayez al-Sarraj and his government and Ahmed Maiteeq, especially after the latter’s unilateral agreement with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar regarding oil, describing the move as another fissure in the already aching fragmentation and suffering eroding Libya. The following is the full interview published in the Qatari newspaper:

Q: What are the most important goals of the movement you have recently launched?
The most important goals of the movement are to expedite the gathering of the national line and participate in political action geared towards building a civil state that rejects military rule along with moving forward in reviving the economy, providing decent living for citizens, and ensuring that the country enjoys security, safety, and stability.

Q: Will the movement turn into a political party in the future?
The name for any work that includes a group of individuals is nothing but a title that brings them together to distinguish them from other groups. The name may be movement, bloc, association, institution, or party. The laws in a particular country may stipulate that sports activity should be under a special name, social activity under another, and political activity under various other names. On our part, we are not concerned about having the name of “a party”. We may move to this stage later when necessary.

Q: Some considered it a step for you to return to the political scene. What is your comment?
We have never left the political scene. You may mean that we are not in the current political scene in an official capacity, or more precisely, we have not assumed an official position after the “alleged” Skhirat Agreement. This is right and of our own free will. We did not want to be part of a product that lacks legitimacy. The attempt or desire of being a part of any future entity is a legitimate option for us and we will decide on this discretionarily.

Q: Your visit to Russia at this time has received mixed reactions. What were the scenes of the visit and the most prominent issues discussed?
The reactions to our visit to Russia are conclusive evidence that we have not moved away from the political scene. The visit was in response to an invitation from the Russian Foreign Ministry. We informed everyone we met of our viewpoint on any upcoming cooperation with the Russian side, and our categorical rejection of the actions of the Russian Wagner Group and our lack of conviction with the responses of the Russian side as being not responsible for this group and its actions.

Q: Some have deplored your statements about the Wagner mercenaries?
Quoting what the officials said that the Wagner do not report to them does not mean that I am satisfied with their answer. Whoever looked at the entire statement in this regard will note that I have not absolved the Russian government from its responsibility for what Wagner Group has committed. We will never stop the criminal and civil prosecution of Wagner Group wherever it may be.

Q: What is the implication that your first foreign visit was to Russia?
I received the first invitation from Russia. Is there any justification for me to wait for the second, third, or next invitation to accept it and leave the first invitation or deliberately delay it?

Q: How did you see the announcement of the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, of his intention to resign soon?
If the actions are by intentions, as is required of every honest person, then let us wait for the saying to turn into action. If the saying is not translated into action, then I believe that every reasonable citizen will then realize who is truthful and who is lying.

Q: What do you think of the recent consultations between the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State in Morocco and Switzerland?
In Morocco, as the Chairman of the State Council said, it was just a brainstorming. In Switzerland, I think they did not even do any brainstorming. The common thing between both meetings was that they forgot all about the storms that have destroyed Libya.

Q: Are the two councils able to form a unified government and a new presidential council before the period specified by al-Sarraj expires?
I have not seen two councils or even one for the Libyan people or me to wait anything from them in terms of forming a government or a Presidential Council. You cannot give what you do not have.

Q: What if they actually failed, as you said? Will al-Sarraj return to the scene from its widest gates?
In fact, there are no longer doors or even windows through which he may return after this abject failure and random decisions. Those rational in the political scene should take courageous steps to avoid the complete collapse of the state rather than thinking about sticking to the phantom position.

Q: What is your comment on the recent agreement between “Maiteeq and Haftar” regarding oil?
Unfortunately, when a person who does not have the authority acts and thinks he can conclude agreements and hold meetings without observing the minimum requirement of his competence, the result is to entangle oneself in a dilemma whose effects extend to others. These actions deepen the fragmentation of the nation and the suffering of the people.

Q: You mentioned that you have contacted several ambassadors, and others have contacted you asking for a role in the scene. How true is that?
This is true, especially after the announcement of the launch of the “Ya Biladi” movement, according to which I announced I would engage in politics under the name of the movement. After that, there were many contacts and some direct meetings. In this regard, I am very grateful for the steps taken by the movement without rushing to appear in the media. Such rushing would have run counter to the difficult conditions in which the citizens live in terms of the lack of their most basic rights: availability of liquidity, electricity, security, and safety. This does not allow people to listen to political projects and delve into the upcoming promises. Citizens believe that the priority now is to listen to and implement their demands. This, as you know, is the duty of those in power.

The continuation of the coronavirus pandemic has also contributed significantly to the inability to hold meetings and dialogues and restricted travel between cities in the east, west, and south to highlight the activity of this movement.

Q: Honestly, would you run for the presidential elections if they take place?
Certainly, when engaging in a political movement whose goals include political participation as much as possible, the ballot box always remains the route for the introduction of the next political bodies. It remains for those who join the movement to choose who represents them. This includes me if I have the desire and ability to engage in any future political experience with everyone who is in the movement and has the same desire and capabilities. Then, who is best suited shall be chosen to fulfil this political role.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)