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Qatar expanding its clout by backing political Islam, says Libya Interim Govt. FM

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Foreign Minister of the interim Libyan government Abdul Hadi al-Hweij accused Qatar, Turkey, and Iran of supporting the militias in the capital, Tripoli, saying that they have supplied them with weapons and vehicles.

The whole world has witnessed this support, he told Asharq Al-Awsat.

“Qatar,” he continued, “constantly aspires to become a center of power, which is why it has backed political Islam and used it as a means to expand its agenda.”

He said that Doha has followed in Ankara’s footsteps in meddling in the affairs of the region through supporting political Islam.

Addressing the United States’ stance on the battle for Tripoli, Hweij said he believes that the Americans will not be “swayed by false claims.”

“They realize that the Libyan National Army (LNA) has marched on the capital to liberate it from terrorism and to impose stability,” the minister said.

The LNA, commanded by Khalifa Haftar, launched an operation to cleanse Tripoli of criminal and terrorist gangs on April 4. The offensive pits the LNA against the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj and militias that are loyal to it.

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