Head of Libya unity govt says ‘determined’ to control whole country Jun 05, 2020 0 680 12345 AFPAnkaraThe head of Libya’s UN-recognised unity government, Fayez al-Sarraj, said on Thursday that his forces were “determined” to take over the entire country from his rival, military commander Khalifa Haftar. “Our fight continues and we are determined to defeat the enemy, impose state control on the whole of the homeland and destroy all those who jeopardise the construction of a civil, democratic and modern state,” Sarraj said in Ankara after meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his main supporter.Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) said Thursday it was back in full control of the capital and its suburbs after more than a year of fighting off an offensive by eastern strongman Haftar.Haftar is supported by neighbouring Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as well as Russia.A January truce brokered by Turkey and Russia has been repeatedly violated, the UN said talks on a ceasefire resumed Wednesday, welcoming it as a “positive” first step.In Ankara, Sarraj said: “We will always stay loyal to the blood of our martyrs and the sacrifices of our heroes, hence our decision not to sit at the table with the war criminal (Haftar) because he has never been a partner in the political process.”He also urged countries backing Haftar to stop doing so.“Your bet has failed and we will sue you after you have tasted defeat at the doors of Tripoli. Leave us alone.”For his part, Erdogan welcomed the recent advances made by the Tripoli government on the battlefield saying it was right to use “self-defence”, adding that Haftar cannot remain at the negotiating table.“An individual who constantly threatens the future of Libya cannot have a representation capability at the table,” the Turkish leader said.He also criticised outside countries backing Haftar, saying they were “the biggest obstacle before peace” in Libya. “History will judge them.”Erdogan also said Turkey would advance its cooperation with Libya including searching for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, as part of a bilateral maritime deal reached between the two governments. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Iran reports most new virus cases since outbreak began Jun 05, 2020 0 673 Africa CDC tries to ramp up coronavirus tests as lockdowns ease Jun 05, 2020 0 854 Woman responsible for 42 Covid infections in Lebanon, says minister Jun 05, 2020 0 1987 Syrian ground defences confront Israeli airstrikes: State media Damascus Syrian ground defences confronted an Israeli air attack in the countryside of north-western Hama province, Syrian state media reported late Thursday. The state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA) said the Israeli .. Palestinians refuse tax money from Israel, accusing it of ‘blackmail’ DPA Tel Aviv/Ramallah The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority (PA) has refused to accept the 200-million-dollar monthly tax revenues collected by Israel, accusing it of “blackmail.” Its refusal to accept the money, .. Jordan says to lift ‘most’ coronavirus restrictions AFP Amman Jordan announced Thursday it will lift most restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, with mosques, restaurants and churches allowed to reopen. There will be “a period of general .. S African govt to appeal court judgement declaring lockdown rules ‘invalid’ AFP Johannesburg South Africa’s government on Thursday said it would appeal a court ruling that struck down a raft of coronavirus lockdown regulations. A provincial division of the High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour .. Nigerian army kills almost 400 bandits during land, air operation Lagos Soldiers have killed almost 400 bandits during land and air offensives in northern Nigeria, the army said on Thursday. The criminals had attacked and killed civilians during raids on villages in the region, army ..