At an emergency meeting called to discuss Turkey’s decision to send troops to Libya, the Arab League called for efforts to “prevent foreign interference” in Libya. In a meeting of the permanent representatives in Cairo, the Arab League passed resolution Tuesday stressing the "necessity to prevent interference that could contribute to facilitating the arrival of foreign extremists in Libya".
The League representatives also expressed "serious concern over the military escalation further aggravating the situation in Libya and which threatens the security and stability of neighbouring countries and the entire region".
In response, the Tripoli-based GNA envoy to the Arab League, Saleh Shammakhi, described the Arab League decision as the “worst exploitation” of the agreement with Turkey, and called upon the organisation to review its “aggression” against the Tripoli government.
“The Arab League is applying a double standard policy where it did nothing when we [the GNA] called for an emergency meeting at the start of Haftar’s aggression,” Shammakhi said, and noted that the Arab League’s position could push the GNA to consider its relevance.
Shammakhi claimed the GNA faced “deliberate distortions” and attempts to “delegitimise it” and its maritime agreement with Turkey, and offered to send experts to any member country to explain or clarify the terms of the agreement and its accordance with international law.