This morning, “Al-Ain News” quoted three of the most prominent European experts on Libya that Turkey does not have any opportunity to resolve the conflict in Libya in its favor, adding that France stands on the right side, and the European Union is required to support the national army in the oil-rich country.
The experts are Wolfgang Pusztai is a security & policy analyst. He is the Chairman of theAdvisory Board, National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations, Andres Dettmann, German expert on Libyan affairs and Günter Meyer, chairman of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) and director of the Center for Research on the Arab World (CERAW) at the University of Mainz
The experts told Al-Ain that “the situation is escalating in the war-torn country,” and that “Al-Wefaq government forces backed by Turkey have been preparing to launch an attack on Sirte,” but “Turkey and Al-Wefaq government have no opportunity to resolve the battle in their favor in Sirte.”
The sources emphasized that “the strategic allies of the European Union are Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and the political forces in eastern Libya,” adding “that is why France stands on the right side” with the support of the Libyan army, and Europe is required to follow the example of Paris.
The experts criticized Europe’s position in Libya as being “very weak” because the bloc “does not speak one voice, and its countries support different parties.”
Earlier, the German Tages-Zeitung (Berlin Daily News), citing unnamed sources, said “Turkish transport aircraft are still bringing equipment, weapons and specialists to western Libya on a daily basis.”
“Turkey recently brought Brotherhood fighters in Yemen to Libya, after moving 15,000 Syrian mercenaries there in the recent period,” apparently in preparation for an attack on the city of Sirte, it added.
Sirte is a major strategic point in Libya. It is the oil production region, and a key passage for pipelines. It is also a gateway to control the capital, Tripoli.
Erdogan supports terrorist militias who control the capital, Tripoli, west of Libya, but he hopes to expand east to extend his influence in the oil-rich region, which Egypt considered a red line and vowed to respond if it crosses it.