The Address | Benghazi, Libya
The General Command of the Libyan armed forces warned in an official statement delineating that any international parties seeking to violate the sovereignty of the Libyan state through the establishment of military bases in the southern regions of the country under the pretext of combating illegal immigration.
In the statement, of which a copy was received by The Address, The General Command of the Libyan armed forces is very careful to establish warm relations and strategic partnerships with all international parties to achieve common interests between Libya and other countries.
The statement continues to elaborate; “we have received information about the desire of some international parties to establish a military presence in some areas of southern Libya on the pretext of addressing illegal immigration”.
“Therefore, The General Command of the Libyan Armed Forces warns these parties not to carry out this act, which we consider to be flagrantly violating the rules of international law and constitutes a blatant attack on the Libyan State and its sovereignty over its territory”.
The General Command of the Libyan armed forces declares that in the framework of implementing its duties stipulated in the Constitutional Declaration and the national laws in force, it shall take all measures to protect the Libyan State, its borders, its people, institutions, installations and economic capabilities, and to prevent any act constituting aggression and violation of National Sovereignty.
This statement was issued by the General Command in reply to what has been published by Italian newspaper (Il Messaggero) and several other sources where contract agreement Between Fayez Al-Sarraj, the head of the Government of National Accord and the Interior Minister of Italy, to establish an Italian military base in Ghat, south of Libya, to combat immigration.