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Libyan division and the Gulf tensions

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial

The tension in the Gulf region had reflected its shadows overall regional countries, including the North African countries.

The political disputes had affected the area in different ways. Mainly, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as Egypt, who announced to boycott the State of Qatar, were disappointed by the reactions of most of the North African countries.

The attitudes of Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco became similar to each other. The foreign ministries of these three countries announced that they have independent decisions; but in general, they took neutral attitudes towards the events in Gulf region. They mainly didn’t support the radical positions of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt.

The case in Libya became different because of the political division. The three countries expressed their happiness of the attitude of the forces of General Khalifa Haftar who supported the decisions against Qatar.

The main reason for that is the supports that Haftar gets from the UAE and Egypt in his war in Benghazi and the eastern side of Libya.

In fact, Haftar’s forces are dependent on the UAE and Egypt as they are carrying out airstrikes inside Libya to spoil the Political Agreement and the efforts for the Libyan national reconciliation.

But on the other side of Libya, the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA) that led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, in Tripoli, announced, last week, that they don’t agree to do anything against Qatar.

The PC, in a statement, said that Qatar, who supported the Libyan revolution against Gaddafi in 2011, is still supporting Libya and the Political Agreement.

Qatar, on its side, refused many times to support any Libyan side militarily but kept making efforts for the reconciliation in different areas in Libya, unlike the UAE and Egypt who insist on supporting Haftar to give him kind of strength to be able to control Libya to put more pressure on Qatar.