Source: Dubai – Arabic.net
Despite international calls for a cease-fire in Libya, a return to political negotiations, and the Cairo initiative, the Al-Wefaq government confirmed in statements, Thursday, its adherence to progress towards Sirte strategic city, Which the Libyan army refuses to abandon or withdraw from.
Meanwhile, Ankara repeated its requirement for the withdrawal of the army led by Khalifa Haftar from Sirte and Al-Jafra in order to reach a cease-fire.
Speaking on behalf of the Ankara-backed Al-Wefaq government, Turkish presidential spokesman Avraik Kalin said in an interview with CNN Turk that “the Libyan government of government is demanding the withdrawal of Haftar forces from Sirte and Al-Jafra to reach a cease-fire.”
He also considered that America is reluctant to play a decisive role in the Libyan conflict.
Despite the ongoing consultations between his country and Moscow on the Libyan file, he said that Russia clearly supports Haftar and Turkey will continue to express its dissatisfaction with Moscow.
“No red lines”
For its part, the Ministry of Defense affiliated to the Al-Wefaq government expressed its intention to continue the progress towards the city of Sirte, despite the warning of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi that this city represents a red line for his country.
In an interview with the Turkish “Anatolia” agency, Thursday, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defense Salah El-Din El-Nemroush said: “There are no red lines in front of our forces’ advance towards Sirte.”
He also pointed out that the goal of Al-Wefaq was to defeat the forces of the “Libyan National Army” and extend its control over the entire city located 450 kilometers east of the capital Tripoli, which is considered a strategic area.
In addition, he renewed Tripoli’s refusal to negotiate with Haftar, blaming the army for the failure of previous negotiations.
The army confirms its readiness
On the other hand, the Libyan army confirmed its readiness to defend Libyan lands, stressing that it will target all military convoys that move towards Sirte and Jafra.
“We have the ability to defend the land and the wealth of the Libyans,” said Brigadier Khaled Mahjoub, director of the Army’s Moral Guidance Department, in an intervention with Arabia.
He also clarified that the army does not target any military aircraft without verifying their cargo.
It is noteworthy that the coastal city of Sirte, the birthplace of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi and later the temporary stronghold of ISIS, enjoys a strategic location between East and West in Libya, and forms the focus of the conflict between the Libyan National Army and the reconciliation forces.