LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
The spokesperson of the army of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ahmed Al-Mesmary, accused in a conference press in Cairo, last Tuesday, the State of Qatar, Turkey and Sudan of supporting terrorism in Libya.
Observers noticed that Al-Mesmary mentioned Qatar more than any other country, stressing that Qatar is financing the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and other militias to keep Libya divided and to waste the Libyan oil wealth.
The observers expressed their surprise as Al-Mesmary tried to hide the support of the UAE and Egypt to the forces of the HoR that led by General Khalifa Haftar.
In the same context, the observers said that Haftar’s forces are not able to fight without the supporting troops of the Salafists in the eastern side of Libya, especially in Benghazi.
Moreover, Haftar’s troops are more than backed by the Egyptian and the Emirati air forces. The UAE airstrikes bombarded many locations in Benghazi. Also, the Egyptian forces helped Haftar’s forces using air raids and even on the ground.
From its side, Qatar had denied the accusations and condemned the statements of Al-Mesmary.
The head of the media office of the Qatari Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Al-Rmeahi, stated that the time and the contexts of the statement of Al-Mesmary don’t need any explanation. Al-Rmeahi added that Al-Mesmary received orders from some other sides, stressing that Haftar’s militias are outside the legitimacy and illegally supported because Haftar’s army is carried out war crimes against civilians. Al-Rmeahi pointed that Haftar and his spokesperson are not qualified to accuse any side of financing terrorism.
On the other side, the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA) refused to boycott Qatar, clarifying that Qatar helped the Libyan revolution in 2011. The PC issued its statement when the Interim Government of the HoR announced to support the blockade on Qatar with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain.
The states of Al-Mesmary came in the same context, especially after the scandals of the UAE who had violated the arms embargo on Libya.
Other Libyan activists said that people shouldn’t listen to Al-Mesmary’s statements because he is trying to attract the attentions away from the failure of Haftar’s army. He also sought to put the responsibility on Qatar because Haftar’s army is illegal.
Furthermore, Al-Mesmary tried to justify the problem between his side and the PC, which is backed by the United Nations and the International Community. Especially when Haftar refused many times to set down on the table of dialogue with the head of the PC, Fayez Al-Sarraj.
According to witnesses and observers, Al-Mesmary is affiliated with an army that has a militia background, adding that the proof is what happened in Benghazi a few months ago when the forces of Haftar dig the graves and abused the human corpses.
In another context, observers said that Al-Mesmary is pro-Gaddafi and he doesn’t hide this feeling, especially when he stated that killing Gaddafi was a crime.
Some close sources to Al-Mesmary find it strange that he talks about state security issues, mainly because he was known as an unknown poet who rights Libyan poems and says them for money. The sources added that Al-Mesmary is only able to talk about the kinds of Libyan poetry of the eastern side of Libya, the differences between the local Libyan songs, and maybe about the ways of categorising the local poets in his area.
Al-Mesmary and his leadership started the war in Benghazi and put the all revolutionary groups and Islamic movements in one parcel, including Muslim Brotherhood. But they didn’t fight against Daesh. Instead, they gave the safe routes to leave Benghazi and go to the Sirte where they had been defeated at the hands of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous under the leadership of the PC.
Al-Mesmary, who accused Qatar of intervening in Libya announced, last year that the joint air strikes of his forces and the Egyptian warplanes would continue until they control significant sites in Libya. He also praised the air raids of the UAE on Libyan locations. He tried to justify that by saying that the relationship between Egyptian and Libyan people makes it normal for the Egyptian army to intervene in Libya.