By Vanessa Tomassini.
“Libya is a sovereign State and we can enroll agreements with any other foreign countries, our friends and neighbors. Those of today are bilateral agreement for the good of both countries and our citizens. Fathi Bashagha is a politician and he can say whatever he wants. Regarding the House of Representatives, Aguila Salah alone without the full Parliament and not in coordination with the High Council of State (HCS), based on the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), cannot say what is right or wrong, the HoR has not the right to decide by themselves. So, the game of legitimacy and what the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) roadmap says is just another way of manipulating the political scene and putting obstacles to Libyan development and growth.” Mohamed Hamuda, spokesperson of the Libyan Government of National Unity tells ‘Speciale Libia’, answering to the Parliament’s accusations over the Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) signed today in Tripoli between Libya and Turkey.
Also, the spokesperson seems not concerned for a reaction by Khalifa Haftar’ side, stressing that “the MoU are just bilateral deals as the Libyan State has with a number of other countries like Italy, France, the U.S.”. Regarding the timing of this event, Hamuda explains: “We have discussed those MoU since our last visit to Turkey, in April, today the Turkish delegation arrived in Tripoli in preparation of the next high-level meeting that will take place in Tripoli, in addition to the Libyan – Turkish Forum. Among the memorandum signed, there is also that on the hydrocarbons sector which provides for cooperation in different areas like exploration, technology, exchange of information, knowledge, experience, training of human resources and joint organization of seminars or conferences. The deal also intends to reinforce partnership between public and private sector”. The Libyan official concludes, adding that “any promotion for exploration development of production shall insure shared interest of both parties and confirmed feasibility. Any contracts and agreements will apply with the Libyan procedures”.