Sources revealed to our reporters that Turkish regime President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked the Prime Minister of the Libyan National Unity Government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, who is currently visiting Istanbul, to pay 5 billion dinars, as “debts owed from previous years.”
According to these sources, Erdogan conquered Dabaiba in this demand during a closed meeting between them, which lasted for a while before holding the official meeting with the participation of officials from both sides, adding that it is not the first time that Turkey has asked for the payment of what it says are “its dues,” whether for “the price of weapons” or Compensation for companies that were operating in Libya.
Jamal Shallouf, head of the Silvium Foundation for Studies and Research, comments that these alleged dues come under the estimates of the tenth item of the budget of the Ministry of Defense, within the draft general budget submitted to the House of Representatives, and bears the name “commitments for previous years.”
Shallouf wondered whether Libya would pay these obligations, and in light of what was recently approved regarding the dollar exchange rate in government transactions, which was set at 1.3 dinars, meaning that the value of this “debt” is estimated at $3.8 billion.
Shallouf added that these funds are debts from the era of Fayez Al-Sarraj and his government, which went in military equipment and salaries for the mercenaries sent by Ankara to Libya, in addition to the “in lieu” of providing security and training advisory services by the Turkish regular forces to militias in the Libyan west.
The House of Representatives has not yet passed the draft budget submitted to it, after its objection to several items, including the allocations to the Ministry of Defense, as well as spending in the two items of development and emergency expenditures, as the protest was that it was “too much,” in addition to the lack of detailing aspects of spending.
On July 18, the head of the Turkish-Libyan Business Council in the Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Committee, Morteza Qarnfil, stated that the Libyan government will speed up the procedures for disbursing $1.1 billion to Turkish companies as its first measures after approving the general budget.
In his speech to the official Turkish news agency, he added that 100 Turkish companies were forced to leave their work in Libya without completing projects estimated at 19 billion dollars, and that the value of letters of guarantee for these projects amounted to 1.7 billion dollars, while the value of damages to machinery and equipment amounted to 1.3 billion dollars, according to saying.
A false event
The head of the Arab Organization for Human Rights in Libya, Dr. Abdel Moneim Al-Hur, confirms that Turkey’s goal in Libya, since the first day, is to achieve economic ambitions, pointing to its efforts to impose itself on the country’s reconstruction plan to renew a justification for its presence and achieving gains, and it sought from the first moments To extend its control over Libyan oil in the offshore or onshore regions of Libya.
As for whether there is legitimacy for Turkish claims of debts that resulted from agreements with the Al-Sarraj government, Al-Hur clarifies, in his interview with Sky News Arabia, that these agreements are invalid; Consequently, what resulted from the same ruling, and a ruling was issued to that effect by the Al-Bayda Appeals Court, in relation to the two memoranda of understanding in the “demarcation of maritime borders” or on “security and military” cooperation.