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Libyan government has the right to self-defense

LIBYA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The head of the internationally recognized Libyan government, Fayez al-Sarraj, said the presence of Turkish forces in Libya is within the legitimate right of self-defense against aggression by forces east of Libya.

“The current situation in Libya and resistance to aggression in the capitals and cities west of Libya is the framework with which we work with Turkey,” al-Sarraj told Anadolu Agency (AA) on the sidelines of the 43rd regular session of the Council. of the United Nations (UN) for Human Rights in Geneva.

“This is a legitimate right for the Government of National Reconciliation (GNA) and a duty on our people to protect them against this aggression,” he said.

The Libyan prime minister further emphasized the historical relations between Libya and Turkey at the political, social, economic, military and security levels.

“We reached out to many countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Italy and Turkey,” al-Sarraj said, adding that Turkey responded positively to Libya’s request.

He further said that the memorandum of understanding for military co-operation with Turkey includes training, fighting terrorism and illegal migration.

On November 27th, Ankara and the GNA signed two agreements, one on military co-operation and the other on the maritime borders of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Commenting on efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Libya, al-Sarraj said: “First of all we are defenders of peace, we have not called for this war.”

“We fought this war to defend ourselves, our people, our homes and our goal of creating a democratic civilian state against the coup (that made Haftar) against legitimacy,” he said.

Al-Sarraj stressed that UN-mediated joint 5 + 5 military talks are still under way, stressing that “eventually the road is long in this direction”.

“Unfortunately, we did not find a partner in recent years in the hope that this would be an achievement on this path to stop this war,” the Libyan prime minister said.

“There are no winners in this war, everyone loses,” he stressed, citing the destruction of infrastructure and buildings, as well as the internal displacement of civilians.

“What Haftar has done is at the level of war crimes and definitely accountable for that, as well as those with him and involved,” he added.

Since the overthrow of the late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two centers of power have emerged in Libya: the Haftar in eastern Libya, supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the GNA in Tripoli, which enjoys UN recognition. and international.

Libya’s legitimate government has been attacked by Haftar forces since last April, killing more than 1,000 people.

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