Prince confirmed that he had never discussed the situation in Libya with the former president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, nor with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Blackwater founder Eric Prince denied that he played any role in sending mercenaries to support the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar in Libya.
Prince said that “the results of the United Nations investigation are completely wrong,” indicating that he was not an advisor to former President Donald Trump, and that he only met him once while he was in power, and he never discussed the situation in Libya, nor any other political issue.
He also confirmed that he had never discussed the situation in Libya with the former president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, nor with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Prince stressed that he had not met Haftar, nor was he in Egypt in 2019, pointing out that he had not seen the United Nations report and the specific allegations contained in it.
A confidential report by UN investigators – which Al Jazeera obtained a copy of – concluded that the former head of the “Blackwater” company – which provides private security services – violated the arms embargo on Libya by sending mercenaries equipped with attack drones, warships and cyber war capabilities to the retired Libyan Major General Khalifa. Haftar was in eastern Libya in 2019, which witnessed his forces’ attack on Tripoli and other areas in western Libya.
According to the United Nations report, the operation – which cost 80 million dollars – also included mercenaries planning to form a group aimed at pursuing and killing Libyan military leaders.
The investigation spoke of a friend and former partner of Eric Prince traveling to Jordan to buy Cobra planes from the Jordanian army, which usually requires permission from the US government.
He added that the man tried to reassure Jordanian officials that his work was approved by the highest authorities, but the Jordanian side was not convinced and stopped the sale deal. This forced the mercenaries to go to South Africa.