Libya and Tunisia reject Erdogan’s interference to control North Africa
To extend its influence in the region, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s continues to destabilize North Africa. The Muslim Brotherhood, the terrorist movement operating under the political umbrella based in Turkey and Qatar, of which Erdogan is a part, aims to create the Islamic State to the detriment of legitimate governments. After losing credibility among Libyan and Tunisian youths, failing to achieve power democratically, its only strategy today is to destabilize and destroy the system of these countries through the chaos.
Erdogan’s involvement in Libya, in support of the Government of National Accord(GNA) of Fayez al-Serraj and Fathi Pashagha, aims to compromise the military establishment in favor of militias and armed gangs, which he has equipped with modern armament systems and thousands of mercenaries, transferred to Tripoli from the cities in northern Syria.
The Libyan file is dividing Tunisian politics after the Muslim Brotherhood tried to use Tunisian territory to get Turkish cargoes to the Tripoli-based GNA. Tunis, and in particular its border crossing of Ras Jedir, has been under the lens of UN panel investigations for years since thousands of Tunisians, attracted by the possibility of making money, offered by Turkey and Qatar, crossed the Libyan border to join the armed groups of Isis.
“The ambiguity and vagueness that mark Tunisia’s ties with Turkey, particularly as regards the Libyan file, deepen the fears of Tunisians to see Turkish support increase for militias and terrorist groups in Libya from their territory”. Says a joint statement released in recent weeks by the majority of Tunisian political parties, which includes, among others, the People’s Current, the Workers’ Party, the Socialist Party, the Al-Baath movement, the Tunisia Forward party, and Al-Qutb.
The political group rejects all Turkish activity on Tunisian territory, aimed at supporting militias and terrorists as well as sending mercenaries into neighboring Libya. The parties also called for a clear stance against any foreign military presence in the region, after a Turkish medical aid plane landed in the middle may at Djerba-Zarzis airport, in southern Tunisia. The parties invited the President of the Republic Kais Saied to condemn Turkey’s attempts to have a presence in the region, which represents a threat to regional security and peace.
The Muslim Brotherhood party in Tunisia, Ennadha, in addition to being head of Parliament with its leader Rachid Ghannouchi, also controls most of the state companies and institutions. It would have been Ghannouchi to make agreements with Erdogan to ensure Tunisian support in circumventing the new controls of the European Mission EUNAVFORMED Irini, in charge of monitoring compliance with the UN arms embargo on Libya. All this shows that Tunisia is dangerously involved in the Libyan conflict due to Turkish pressure.
The recent medical support provided by Turkey through Tunisia is seen with even more suspicion, since the same controversial Tripoli imam, Sadiq al-Gharyani, said in a recent interview, that Qatar is introducing weapons to Libya in the appearance of aid for COVID-19. These armaments are used by Libyan militias and terrorist groups in their battle for survival against the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Marshall Khalifa Haftar.
Tunisians, as well as Libyans, reject Turkey’s interference in their internal affairs, new demonstrations are expected from tomorrow in front of the Tunisian Parliament to demand the removal of Ghannouchi from his role as head of Parliament.