Libyan Interim Government Deputy PM Confirms Idlib Terrorists’ Presence in Country

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – Abdul Salam Badri, the deputy prime minister of the Libyan Interim Government, confirmed to Sputnik on Wednesday that militants from Syria’s Idlib were present in the North African country.

In early July, after his meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed concern over the “concentration of militants” from Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone in Libya, and warned that they could move from Libya to “any other place.”

“We agree with the statement of President Putin and believe that many terrorists are moving to other places, and this will affect the stability of Africa and, without doubt, Europe,” Badri said.

The deputy prime minister also stressed that terrorists from all around the world were coming to Libya being helped by countries that support terrorism, and no practical measures had been taken so far to stop the flow.

Libya has seen an increase in tensions since April, when the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, launched an operation to take over Tripoli.

The LNA, which supports the country’s parliament in the east, explained the offensive by the need to eliminate terrorists in Tripoli, allied with the Tripoli-based Government of Fayez al-Sarraj (GNA).