Leaked document shows UAE pressure on Washington to intervene in Libya

Leaked document shows UAE pressure on Washington to intervene in Libya

June 30, 2020 - 20:21
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Turkish channel, TRT World, said it had obtained a document that unveiled pressure exerted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the United States (US) to intervene in Libya and curb Government of National Accord's advances.

TRT World said that the emailed document showed that the UAE's Ambassador to the US, Yousef al Otaiba, emphasized in a letter to US officials that "unless Turkey's actions in Libya are checked, this could easily go from bad to worse".

Otaiba’s message, TRT World said, to US officials was delivered by Hagir Elawad, a former legislative affairs director of the UAE’s embassy in Washington DC, and employee of lobbying firm, Akin Gump, in an email sent on June 22. It is addressed to 'Friends'.

“Turkey has continued to push and provoke near Sirte and has deployed Navy vessels off the coast. Our analysis is that this is being done very deliberately to bait Egypt into entering and right now, Egypt is seriously considering it,” Otaiba wrote.

What could come next is a direct military confrontation between Egypt and Turkey, he added, saying "If anyone thinks Libya is messy now, this will make it 100 times worse."

The letter of the UAE Ambassador does make the contradictory claim that having Turkey "set up shop on Egypt's border" would be the equivalent of "having China in place of Canada, and Russia in place of Mexico."

“The Ambassador and UAE leadership are very concerned with the developments relating to Libya. The Ambassador has asked that I share the below messages to everyone who is tracking Libya and I urge you to share this message with your respective members immediately. Things are developing quickly and are very concerning,” The letter adds.