The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, said he received an inquiry from his media office about the validity of statements attributed to him by Libyan envoy to UN, Mehdi al-Mijrabi.
According to a classified letter that al-Mijrabi sent to Foreign Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) Mohamed Siala, Salamé told the Security Council in a closed session that GNA is using terrorist groups from the Syrian city of Idlib.
من مختلف المنابر وفي الجلسات المغلقة والعلنية، أكدّ الممثل الخاص للأمين العام في ليبيا إن هناك مخاوف حقيقية من أن تصبح ليبيا، مجدداً، ساحة لتوافد العناصر والجماعات المتطرفة. ولا صحة لما نشر من تضليل إعلامي بهذا الصدد. pic.twitter.com/WVjM61O67g
— UNSMIL (@UNSMILibya) May 27, 2019
Following these news, UNSMIL published a vague denial via its Twitter page saying, “from various platforms, in closed and public sessions, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya confirmed that there were real fears that Libya would once again become an arena for the influx of extremist elements and groups,”
“There is no truth to the media misinformation in this regard,” UNSMIL added.
Speaking to Al-Marsad news website, Salamé said that his media office posted this tweet after inquiring on the validity of what al-Mijrabi attributed to him. The UN envoy then vowed to monitor what is been published via his media office.
Spokesman of the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Brigadier Ahmed al-Mesmari, has repeatedly accused Turkey of facilitating the transfer of fighters from Syria into Libya.