CAIRO: The Libyan government said that it would request the Arab League to interfere in Libya to “restore legitimacy,” MENA quoted Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni Sunday.
In his statements, Al-Thinni praised Arab leaders’ stance regarding the situation in Yemen and said that the decisions taken at the Arab Summit are in favor of the Libyan People.
He added that the situation in Yemen is similar to that in Libya, noting the spread of militant groups.
During the Arab Summit, held in Egypt on March 28-29, both the Libyan and Yemeni crises were tackled. Arab Leaders expressed their willingness to provide political and financial support to the “legitimate” government in Libya. And for Yemen, they were in favor of the ongoing Saudi-led military operation against Houthis to “recognize the legitimacy” of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Hadi.
One of the outcomes of the Arab Summit was the announcement of formation of a joint Arab force within four months; a meeting between chiefs of staff of Arab armies is to be held within a month to discuss the details of the initiative. Only Algeria, Iraq and Qatar voiced reservations on the initiative.
Al-Thinni said that Libya will be represented in the meeting.
The specific responsibilities of the proposed force have not been set out, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby said in a press conference after the summit, adding that they may be assigned deterrence, peacekeeping or humanitarian relief.
At the same press conference, Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry said that the proposed joint military force is separate from the military intervention in Yemen.
The Iran-backed Houthis have controlled swaths of Yemen since September and forced President Hadi to resign from his office when they took over the capital Sanaa in January. Hadi later escaped to his home region of Aden, where he declared he was still the legitimate president and Aden was the new capital.
In Libya, most of the country is under the control of Islamist militias; a small portion in Eastern Libya is controlled by the Tobruk-based government, which enjoys recognition from most countries.