Turkish regime continues to deepen its presence in Libya, and its interference in internal affairs, as this statement explains Turkish regime pressure through its agents inside Libya to approve the budget without the amendments requested by the House of Representatives, to ensure that funds are not spent in the interests of the Libyans.
He added that the value of the letters of guarantee for those projects is $1.7 billion, while the value of damages to machinery and equipment is $1.3 billion.
According to the statements of the businessman to the official Turkish news agency, Friday, 100 Turkish companies were forced to leave their work in Libya without completing projects estimated at 19 billion dollars after the outbreak of the 2011 events.
Treatment of the Turkish economy from the treasury of Libya
In addition to these compensations, which the Turks estimated without the participation of Libyan institutions in their evaluation or agreement, Ankara is seeking to reap other profits through its efforts to acquire projects under the name of reconstruction.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to compensate for the collapse of his country’s faltering economy, as the currency has witnessed a significant decline against the dollar, as well as high unemployment rates and the effects of the Corona pandemic, so he is trying to find new resources and it seems that he found in Libya his desired destination, especially since he had already signed agreements Economic cooperation with the former President of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj, especially in the reconstruction.
According to researcher and political analyst Mahmoud Al-Ghanoudi, these practices must be subject to international arbitration, stressing the illegality of any state claiming its dues, if any, until after a permanent government has been appointed and it obtains approvals from the House of Representatives elected in the new authority to ensure the constitutionality of its decisions.
The House of Representatives has been refusing for weeks to approve the draft budget submitted by the national unity government headed by Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba. Counselor Aqila Saleh, Speaker of the House of Representatives, explains this refusal by saying: “The reason for her refusal is that it came on the issue of development vague and unknown to the representatives.”
During his meeting with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army, last weekend at the headquarters of the armed forces in Rajma in eastern Libya, Saleh described some items in the budget allocated to them with large sums of money as “tamperable.”
Regarding his expectations for the future, he continued: “And the truth is we say it in the presence of the Field Marshal, the next stage is a difficult stage more important than the previous stages, and we must be one hand, and our goal is one, and we are not at the mercy of anyone, and no one humiliates us.”
“Sky News Arabia” contacted Abdel Nasser Al-Naas, a member of the Central Bank of Libya’s follow-up committee in the Libyan House of Representatives, who revealed that there are “many international parties pressing from every side to approve the budget,” stressing that Parliament insists on “tabbing the budget.” The “development clause” that is in controversy, and knowing the real aspects of exchange for this item, as well as the emergency clause for this reason.
Al-Naas expressed his astonishment at the talk about compensation for Turkish companies, saying that “the most important thing is Libya’s exit from the dark tunnel, and its interest is above all interests,” adding: “Unless there is information that we do not know, this is something else.”
Financial or budgetary arrangements?
Al-Naas explained, “The powers of the current government are very limited and its time is limited, which does not allow it to engage in such files, except in the event that internal matters are not apparent,” meaning that the elections are postponed to another time.
Informed sources confirmed to “Sky News Arabia” that Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer, Governor of the Central Bank, “has been seeking for some time to open the file of compensation for Turkish companies without even requiring them to return to work in exchange for successive compensation payments, and Khaled Al-Mashri, Chairman of the Supreme Council of State, is assisting him in this. For the Brotherhood and Turkey’s ally as well, to interfere in this file to pass the budget in any way to compensate Turkey.”
The Libyan MP stated that the government can disburse these compensations without referring to the House of Representatives, because it is disbursing funds directly from the Central Bank in accordance with the so-called “financial arrangements 1 over 12 contained in the political agreement.
Ankara mortgages the economy to mercenaries
Among the Turkish blackmailing methods for the Libyan authorities to keep the situation in the country tense and precarious, and to mortgage the Libyan economy to illegitimate institutions allied to Ankara, Turkey continues to defy the international community by sending Syrian mercenaries to Libyan lands.
A source told “Sky News Arabia” inside Mitiga Airport, with knowledge of the air traffic inside it, that Turkey “is carrying out a camouflaging operation to show the international community that it is replacing mercenaries with the same number, but the planes that land from Ankara to Maitika Airport always carry larger numbers, More equipment goes to militia camps.”
To secure these mercenaries who drain the Libyan economy and threaten the general elections scheduled for next December, Turkey has in Libya Turkish-made Sakarya missile launchers, Kirby 2 armored vehicles, Bayraktar drones, and Phoenix combat drones.
The source gave, for example, that the last batch that left Libya was a plane carrying about 130 Syrian mercenaries, but the plane that landed on the second day coming from Ankara was carrying more than 250 Syrian mercenaries, and last month the airport received more than 5 flights from Turkey carrying mercenaries and equipment.
It also has the Korkut self-propelled artillery and air defense system, and the Hawk medium-range defense system.