Libya’s UN-recognised government has accused Egypt of “diplomatic adolescence” after Cairo dismissed the beleaguered Tripoli-based authority as unfit to deal with the Egyptian state.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to continue support for rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, who has been waging a war against the internationally-recognised government of Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj.
Turkey is planning to establish a military base in Libya, Turkish media reported on Monday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mulls possible armed intervention in the years-long conflict.
Turkey has moved closer to providing military support for Libya‘s internationally recognised government after a bilateral deal was sent to the Libyan parliament. The agreement includes provisions for launching a “quick reaction force” – if requested by Tripoli.
Libya’s High Council of State advising the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord slammed Egypt on Saturday for denying it recognition in favour of its eastern-based rival.
The Council of Ministers agreed on Thursday to the memorandum of the legal adviser to the Presidential Council’s (PC) head, regarding the draft executive regulations of the Political Parties Act No. 29 of 2012.
Rogue Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar’s threats to restart an offensive on the capital have been met with derision from the UN-backed prime minister, while EU countries responded urging an end to the fighting.
The European Union is not recognizing the recently reached Turkish-Libyan memorandum on maritime boundaries, believing that the document is void and infringes on international law, the statement adopted at the European Council meeting said.
The Turkish government’s possible deployment of troops to Libya may tip the balance of power in the country and could put Turkey in Russia’s crosshairs, regional experts and sources told Middle East Eye.
Libya’s elected parliament chief on Thursday vowed to invalidate a disputed maritime deal with Turkey signed with the rival UN-recognised government in Tripoli.