BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Turkey is exerting great pressure on the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) “in order to head to the city of Sirte with the aim of controlling the oil-rich crescent region,” said the second deputy to the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ahmida Homa.
Homa said, in an interview with Sputnik Arabic: “There are persistent attempts [from Turkey] to pressure the government of Fayez al-Sarraj to go to the city of Sirte and then take over the oil crescent and the city of Al-Jafra,” considering that the latter “is a gateway to the Libyan south and its oil fields.”
Homa continued: “And then they will continue to until they have control over all the capabilities of the Libyans, control them and sell them as they wish, and for us this is unacceptable. ”
“Turkey exerted pressure on the Al-Wefaq government to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the demarcation of maritime borders,” pointing out that the reason behind this is “Turkey’s ambitions in Libya, including the announcement of Turkish President [Recep Tayyip Erdogan] to explore for gas in these waters. Regionalism, if the end and purpose are not in the interest of the Libyans, but in the interest of the Erdogan government in seizing all the wealth of Libya,” Homa said.
“We have very natural and real demands, which is the issue of the equitable distribution of oil revenues to all Libyan cities and to the three Libyan regions. We are not only custodians of the sources of oil. Rather, we are asking for us to be real partners. Every Libyan should enjoy these goods,” Homa continued.
The Deputy Speaker of the Libyan Parliament also welcomed the position of the League of Arab States on the Libyan crisis recently, saying that the statement of Arab foreign ministers is a good position.
He also praised the League’s support for Egypt’s position regarding the Libyan crisis, as “many Arab countries supported the speech of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and spoke in particular about the joint Arab defense agreement and a return to Arab solidarity in order not to leave any country prey to other countries such as Turkey.” .
The statement of the Arab foreign ministers meeting on Libya stressed that “foreign military intervention exacerbates the Libyan crisis,” stressing “the refusal to transfer extremists and terrorists to Libya,” as well as denouncing “foreign interference in the country.” T
The Arab foreign ministers also welcomed “all initiatives for a political solution in Libya” and called for an “immediate ceasefire” between the parties. The ministers stressed “the importance of a political solution to the Libyan crisis,” as well as “a commitment to the unity and sovereignty of the state.”
Source: Sputnik Arabic