On Saturday, the Libyan member of the House of Representatives (HoR), Faraj Bouhachem, confirmed that the Libyan people have mandated the Libyan National Army (LNA) to complete their nationwide mission to fight against terrorist organisations.
In statements reported by the Egyptian daily newspaper ‘Al-Dostour’, he said that the LNA’s mandate given by the Libyan people will contribute in solving the prolonged Libyan crisis.
Bouhachem denied any kind of incompatibility between the two initiatives adopted by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the Parliament Speaker, Aguila Saleh, regarding the political solution, explaining that the former’s initiative will create a significant change in Libya.
He pointed out that the Libyan people have freely chosen to mandate Haftar to rule the country and get it out of its manifold crises.
The lawmaker noted that the political dialogue with the Government of National Accord (GNA) has become futile, especially in light of Turkey’s interference in Libyan internal affairs and the deployment of Turkish-backed troops in Tripoli. He also added that the international community’s preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic had helped Turkey benefit from the international crisis as the virus continues to divert attention from its Libyan intervention.
He stated that Turkey exploited the harsh conditions and sent thousands of mercenaries and transferred tonnes of arms to the GNA forces in order to fight against the LNA, and prevent the latter from “liberating” Tripoli from “Turkish-backed terrorists”.
The MP noted that the 2015 Libyan Political Agreement, signed in Skhirat, Morocco, has brought insecurity as well as helped spread the conflict in Libya, adding that the Libyan Parliament hasn’t approved such agreement and has also refused to grant confidence to the GNA.
He indicated that the LNA has only annulled the Skhirat agreement but not the legitimate and elected Parliament, headed by its speaker Aguila Saleh.
He explained that Turkey and its agents are not only targeting Libya’s security and stability, but also the entire Arab region, calling on all Arab states to unite together to protect Libya from the Turkish invasion.
Bouhachem also urged the Arab League to enforce the joint Arab defense agreement to protect Libya from the Turks who are wreaking havoc in the North African country.
He expressed his gratitude to Egypt for its firm stances alongside the Libyan people in their battle against Turkey and the militias it supports in Tripoli.