Libyan MPs accuse Turkey of deepening crisis by arming militias

UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) deputy said Turkey has a part in the Libyan crisis as it supports militias with arms and money, London based pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

Libya is split between the GNA in Tripoli, and the Tobruk government, led by General Khalifa Haftar, the de facto ruler of eastern Libya and head of the LNA. 

Ankara backs the Islamist-rooted government in Tripoli, while LNA, which is supported by Turkey’s regional rivals Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, accuses Turkey of funding and arming Islamist factions in Libya fighting on the side of the GNA. 

“There is a suspicious Turkish role in the increase of the Libyan crisis as they are supporting militias with arms and money,” said Ebtisam al-Rubai, a member of the Libyan House of Representatives, in a meeting organized by the Egyptian national committee.

Another Libyan deputy, Abdul Muttalib Thabit said their delegation has strived to counter Turkish intervention in Libya through their meetings in Egypt and the Arab League.

“Arab countries are able to stop Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s project in the region, just as the Egyptian people did in the June 30 revolution,” he said, referring to the 2013 Egyptian coup took place on 3 July 2013. 

Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi removed Mohamed Morsi, 67-year-old former leader of the now-banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement, from power.