Iran Announces Its Support for the Turkish-Backed Libyan Government, Moves Closer to Turkey-Qatar MB Axis
Ironically this means Iran is rooting for the same side AFRICOM is, but the key to understanding is Saudi Arabia
Editor’s note: Iran’s moral support for the Turkish-backed side in Libya means it is now rooting for the same side that AFRICOM is rooting for. But where AFRICOM is rooting for Tripoli because the other side has some Russian support, Iran is rooting for Tripoli because Haftar is backed by UAE and since recently by Saudi Arabia.
Iran and Turkey are on opposing sides in Syria because Turkey partnered up with Saudi Arabia (until the fallout over Qatar).
But in Libya where Turkey and the Saudis are at ods, Iran will pick the Muslim Brotherhood Turkey and Qatar over the Salafist Saudi Arabia and UAE every time.
Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are competitors for a leadership role in the Muslim world, particularly in a moral sense. But currently the two active ‘cold wars’ are between Salafist Saudi Arabia and Khomeinist Iran, and between Saudi Arabia and MB Turkey (over pro-MB Qatar). But the relation between Turkey and Iran is pragmatic and opportunistic.
Iran has announced its support for the Turkish-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli.
The declaration was made on Monday by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, during a visit to Istanbul. It was also Turkey’s first time hosting a foreign minister in months since the coronavirus outbreak.
“We seek to have a political solution to the Libyan crisis to end the civil war,” said Zarif. “We support the legitimate government in Libya, and it is able to end the ongoing war. We have common views with the Turkish side on ways to end the crisis in Libya and Yemen,” he added.
For his part, Cavusoglu reiterated Turkey’s opposition to US sanctions on Iran. “Iran’s stability and peace is important for us,” he said. “We oppose unilateral sanctions. In fact, the pandemic has taught us that the world needs greater cooperation and solidarity.”
Yesterday Zarif left Istanbul for Russian capital Moscow, where he met with the country’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who reiterated Russia’s promise to stand by Iran over its nuclear programme. Lavrov also said that Ankara, Moscow and Tehran – who form the Astana trio – will be holding a video conference to discuss Syria, followed by a summit held in Tehran.
Iran’s support for the GNA differs from its ally Syria, who is currently in an alliance with the Tobruk-based Libyan government. Despite the shared stance on Libya, Turkey and Iran back opposing sides in the conflict in Syria.
Zarif’s visits to Turkey and Russia would be his second diplomatic trip following a visit to Syria last month to discuss bilateral relations amid the coronavirus pandemic and US sanctions on Syria, which have now come into effect.
Source: Middle East Monitor