UN envoy to Libya briefs Security Council on fighters arrival from Syria to Libya, says Libyan envoy to UN

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

NEW YORK – A secret letter that the Libyan envoy to UN, Mehdi al-Mijrabi, sent to the Foreign Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) Mohammed Sayala, showed that the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, gave a different briefing at the closed session of the UN Security Council from the briefing he gave at the open session on 21 May.

Al-Mijrabi told Sayala that Salame informed the Security Council that the two parties – the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the forces of GNA – are seeking to recruit mercenary soldiers to fight in their ranks because of the shortage of Libyan fighters, according to the letter, published by the Libyan Observatory newspaper.

There is intelligence information that one of the fighting parties is using terrorist groups from the Syrian city of Idlib, al-Mijribi quoted Salame, referring to parties loyal to GNA, al-Mijribi quoted Salame.

Recent Western reports confirmed that GNA was recruiting the remaining terrorists in Idlib, located at the Turkish border, through Turkey. Some reports even talked about the arrival of some of them already by sea and on flights coming from Turkey to Tripoli and Misurata in Libya.

The information presented by Salame in his briefing and transferred to Sayala was in line with the recommendations that the National Defense and Security Committee of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) previously presented to the United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League, and the European Union, and called for taking a stand against Turkey’s attempt to reproduce the Syrian experience in Libya and prevent it from continuing its interference in Libyan affairs, which threatens the stability and security of the region.

HoR Committee stressed the role of LNA in its battle to eliminate terrorism at a time when several sites have been attacked by ISIS in recent weeks since LNA moving towards Tripoli.

The Committee confirmed the arrival of terrorists from the Syrian city of Idlib belonging to al-Nusra Front to fight with the militias allied with GNA, accusing Turkish President Recep Erdogan of the transfer of foreign fighters from Syria to Libya.


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