Four Arab Countries’ Parliaments Make Strong Joint Objection to Turkey’s Intervention into Libya
Jan. 3, 2020 (EIRNS)—Within 24 hours after Turkey’s Parliament passed a government motion that allows the President of Turkey to deploy troops into Libya in support of the UN-backed, Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), in the ongoing civil war, parliaments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have jointly issued a statement to the effect, “The four parliaments firmly reject and condemn the Turkish parliament decision for approving the military intervention in Libya.” The Turkish move is “a flagrant and inadmissible violation of the international law rules and is an aggression on the Libyan sovereignty and the unity of its lands,” it stated, Xinhua reported.
GNA is supported by a Libyan affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Cairo designated as a terrorist organization in 2013. Turkey and Qatar are also staunch backers of the Brotherhood. Libya fell into chaos after the Western powers lent their muscle to remove and kill Col. Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. Qaddafi was in power for more than 40 years and had kept Libya stable. Following his murder, which was initiated by the British to “establish democracy,” Libya was divided into two parts—a weak UN-supported (Muslim Brotherhood) administration in Tripoli, and the Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar, based in Benghazi.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has repeatedly said the Libyan conflict poses a threat to Egypt’s national security because militants and weapons spill over the border into Egypt. El-Sisi is also aware of a greater threat from the Muslim Brotherhood within Egypt, in collaboration with the GNA and the GNA and Brotherhood backers, such as Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Qatari royal household led by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 with the help of the British Empire colonialists, who needed a major split in the Islamic world to facilitate their colonial pillaging.