Erdogan: ‘We continue to support Libya, and we have no ambitions for its wealth’

ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that “Turkey has no ambition to occupy any inch of the territory of Libya or any other country,” stressing that it will continue to provide support to the Libyan people and the legitimate government, learned citing AMN.

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Erdogan said, in statements after the presidential government meeting : “We will continue to support the legitimate Libyan reconciliation government at all levels, military and civilian, we seek to achieve peace in Libya, and we have no ambitions for its wealth.”

The Turkish President continued: “We have achieved great success in Libya by providing support to the reconciliation government, and we have been able to thwart conspiracies against the brotherly Libyan people, and with God’s help, in the coming days will be successive indications.”

He said that Turkey “will eliminate the scourge of terrorism soon with the support of our brothers in the region.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry had said that Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoglu, reaffirmed their mutual commitment to help create conditions for reconciliation between the warring parties in Libya .

“The mutual position to help was created to help conditions for reconciliation between the warring parties in Libya in favor of a political and diplomatic settlement under the auspices of the United Nations,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The necessity of the urgent appointment of a new Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya was stressed,” the Minister added.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).


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