The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – Officials in eastern Libya said they will not be bound by security agreements between Egypt and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), unless they become part of it.
This comes following a visit by GNA Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha to Cairo, in which he disclosed that security agreements between the two countries have been signed.
Since the civil war that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been divided between two rival governments; an undemocratically-elected albeit UN-recognized government in the west, and another recognized by the country’s own decmocratically-elected parliament in the east.
In a letter addressed to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Abdul Hadi Al-Hawaij, a senior diplomatic official of the eastern government, conveyed his government’s urge for Egypt to understand that “the land ports between the two countries are under the control of the parliament-recognized government”.
Al-Hawaij stressed that his government “will not bear any security responsibility unless it is a party to it, as it is the party responsible for the ports between the two brotherly countries.”