Ali Wahida: Erdogan Pressurises International Community to Prevent Forcing Mercenaries Out of Libya – Al Marsad

Libyan journalist Ali Wahida said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing the international community to prevent forcing mercenaries out of Libya.

Ali Wahida explained that such pressure was exerted by Erdogan when he expelled foreign ambassadors from Ankara, and thereby challenging Washington and the European Union.

He added that such challenge is obvious with Erdogan’s decision that the ambassadors of US, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and New Zealand, were persona non grata. The move came after the ten ambassadors had issued a joint statement urging the urgent release of Osman Kavala, a prominent businessman and philanthropist who has been held in pre-trial detention for more than four years on charges related to the 2013 Gezi park protests and the 2016 coup attempt.

Wahida was of the opinion that Erdogan’s wider aim was to also to thwart any plans aimed at forcing Turkish military presence out of Libya, where he depends on local Libyan supporters who are calling for election postponement.

At the recent Libya Stabilisation Conference in Tripoli, there efforts by the GNU officials to delay elections seem to have floundered, and was not welcomed by the international community which insisted on elections taking place in December and also the removal of all foreign forces, fighters and mercenaries.