Middle East, Africa

Libyan gov't to soon secure entire country: Official

Haftar will never be partner in establishing government agencies nor building peace, says deputy premier

Velid Abdullah, Talal Arif   | 06.06.2020
Libyan gov't to soon secure entire country: Official Military vehicles are seen as Libyan Army heads towards Tarhuna, after retaking the country's main airport from warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias, announcing the complete liberation of the capital Tripoli, on June 04, 2020 in Tripoli, Libya. ( Hazem Turkia - Anadolu Agency )

TRIPOLI, Libya

Libya’s deputy prime minister said Friday that the entire country will soon be liberated as he emphasized a "real strategic” alliance with Turkey. 

"We had a national program. We worked for it and we have established a real strategic partnership with the government of Turkey,” Ahmed Maiteeq told the February television channel. “We were successful in this, and we repealed this aggression," he said, adding that all of Libya will soon be under government control.

He said cooperation with Ankara will continue to build Libya. "Turkey is a strategic partner, is our partner in the field and will continue to do so. In fact, [partnership] will continue on establishment, development, and government agencies."

Maiteeq said warlord Khalifa Haftar will never be a partner in the establishment of government agencies nor in building peace.

Libya's internationally recognized government has been under attack by Haftar's forces since April 2019, with more than 1,000 killed in the violence.

The government launched Operation Peace Storm in March to counter attacks on the capital and recently regained strategic locations, including the Al-Watiya airbase and Tarhuna, which is viewed as a significant blow to Haftar's forces.


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