Iran and Turkey agreed on Libya, negotiations with Russia are forthcoming
ISTANBUL, (BM) – Turkey will continue negotiations with Russia with a view to achieving a sustainable ceasefire in Libya. This was announced today, June 15, by the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a joint press conference with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Istanbul, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to him, there are no problems in the dialogue between Ankara and Moscow on Libya. “Technical negotiations to ensure a long-term ceasefire in this country will continue,” Cavusoglu said, reports Anadolu state news agency.
The head of Iranian diplomacy, in turn, noted that the positions of Tehran and Ankara on the settlement of the Libyan conflict coincide. “Turkey supported Iran in response to US sanctions. Iran and Turkey share a [common] position on Libya,” Zarif said.
According to him, air communication between Turkey and Iran, interrupted due to the pandemic of the coronavirus Covid-19, will resume from August 1.
As reported by BulgarianMilitary.com, Russia and Turkey postponed negotiations on the cessation of hostilities in Libya due to disagreements over the efforts of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of the North African country, supported by Ankara, to regain the coastal city of Sirte, which is currently controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
On June 15, on condition of anonymity, a Turkish diplomatic source told Reuters. “There should have been a [concrete] result of the meeting, but at this stage it could not be achieved. There are problems when the two countries occupy opposing positions,” said the source of the British news agency.
According to him, one of the main problems of transferring the visit of the Russian delegation to Ankara is the operation of the GNA in Sirte. Meanwhile, a Reuters source added, Russian-Turkish consultations on Libya “are continuing at the expert level.”
Recall, on June 14, two delegations were expected to arrive in Turkey at once – Russian and Iranian. However, almost at the last moment, the visit of Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Shoigu to Ankara was postponed indefinitely.
Meanwhile, the head of Iranian diplomacy Zarif arrived in the Turkish capital late on Sunday evening for talks. It is expected that this Monday he will visit Moscow in the continuation of diplomatic consultations with regional partners.
Ankara supports the Libyan GNA, led by Faiz Saraj, whose formation in recent weeks has reflected the 14-month assault on Tripoli by the LNA Haftara. The Libyan Marshal’s troops were driven back from Tripoli and, after a series of failures at the front, are conducting defensive battles in the area of the port city of Sirte.
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 Sarraj, 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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