The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – The Muslim Brotherhood has no interest in seeing a lasting peace in Libya, Forbes magazine said on Friday.
In an article that discussed oil deal brokered by officials from the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Forbes said that Brotherhood and its allies are seeking to undermine the deal for their own interests.
“The success of the deal may also depend on the role of Muslim brotherhood factions within the GNA,” Forbes said. “The Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Khaled Al-Mishri, the Chairman of the Council of State, and Tripoli’s Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, are senior politicians within the GNA that maintain strong links to the Islamist extremist group and are supported by the Turkish Government and the Qatari Court.”
“Al-Mishri has rejected peace initiatives by the neighboring President of Tunis and was accused of being on the Qatari payroll. Bashagha was suspended by al-Sarraj amidst allegations of close ties to Turkey and abuse of power while suppressing demonstrations in Tripoli,” the American magazine continued. “Moreover, The Muslim Brotherhood has no interest in seeing a lasting peace between both parties, preferring instead to undermine talks and continue to maneuver to build up its influence in Libya.”
“Hoping to be the first in the distribution of new production contracts, many geopolitical players (including Turkey, Qatar, Italy, Egypt, Russia, France and UAE) seek to support different Libyan factions in these negotiations,” Forbes said.
“At the moment, there are several parallel diplomatic platforms on Libya, where they discuss the future political arrangements of the country. So far, neither the negotiations in Morocco, nor the Geneva consultations, nor the Berlin agreements, nor the Russian-Turkish negotiations have achieved substantive results.”
“The current agreement will cover the existing reserves, negotiations on a single budget, and the re-launch of the banking clearing system inside Libya,” explained Forbes. “However, there are also those who oppose this agreement. In addition to the Muslim Brotherhood, El-Mishri and Basagha, and other actors are hoping to derail the revenue-sharing deal. Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), perhaps the third most powerful party in Libya after the warring governments, views the plan as a threat to its monopoly on oil decision-making. The NOC is the only entity in the country authorized by the UN Security Council to export oil and says it will not lift force majeure restrictions on installations where armed groups remained.”
Forbes stated that Turkey’s is playing a destabilizing role in Libya and the region, with a foreign policy that the magazine describes as “neo-imperialist or neo-Ottoman.”
“Turkey, a bastion of the Muslim Brotherhood and increasingly destabilizing geopolitical force in the region, has not publicly opposed the agreement yet. It could be that Ankara’s interests in Libya – which center around controversial maritime borders and deep sea drilling rights in the Eastern Mediterranean – are better served if the GNA government (which backs their claims) is well-funded,” said Forbes.
“But as evidenced by its positioning in Libya, Syria, Qatar, and now Armenia, Turkey’s foreign policy can be described as neo-imperialist or neo-Ottoman.”
“Never before has the country been so diplomatically isolated, with many identifying its overt support for the extremist Muslim Brotherhood as a driver of the Arab countries’ collective diplomatic shift towards Israel.”
“Turkey’s role in Libya must be circumscribed by the international community if stability and reconciliation is the ultimate goal,” the American magazine stated.
“The international community, including the United Nations and the parties involved should hope that the Maiteeq-GNA/Haftar- LNA agreement will allow the provision of diplomatic and technical assistance so that oil revenues may finally reach the long-suffering people of Libya – and keep the oil price down in the difficult global economic recovery from COVID-19,” Forbes concluded.