Libyan Army Official: Turkish Forces & Mercenaries Must Leave Libya

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On Monday, Major General Khaled Al-Mahjoub, Director of the Moral Guidance Department in the Libyan National Army (LNA), said that “the basis for the stability of our country is the exit of Turkey and mercenaries.”

“We seek to liberate our homeland and are not advocates of war, and Ankara sees Libya as a rescue line for the Turkish economy. Turkey is exploiting the chaos to get Libya’s money, and we will not accept the presence of mercenaries and foreign forces on our lands,” he said.

Notably, a member of Libya’s 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), and Military Prosecutor, Major General Faraj Al-Sousa called on the government to cancel all agreements with all foreign states, “if it is truly a Government of National Unity (GNU).”

Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar’s recent statement, in which he claimed that Turkish forces were not unwanted foreign troops in Libya, were completely rejected by Al-Sousa. He added that the agreement that was made with the Government of National Accord (GNA) is not approved by Parliament, and is not supported by the Libyan people.