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Turkey, Qatar and Libya’s GNA agree to create a Turkish military base in Misrata

TRIPOLI, (BM) – The agreement on the establishment of a Turkish naval base in the Libyan city of Misrata was signed by Turkey, Qatar and the Government of National Accord (GNA, based in Tripoli) of Libya, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing TASS.

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In accordance with the agreement, a trilateral military coordination center is being created in Misrata.

“In addition, the parties agreed to send Qatari military advisers to Libya to train the Libyan military, as well as to provide Libya with places in Turkish and Qatari military schools,” the website of the Al Arabiya TV channel said. The purpose of the agreement is “to increase the combat capability of military units subordinate to the GNA.”

Earlier on Monday, the Libyan capital Tripoli was visited by Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and Deputy Prime Minister and State Defense Minister of Qatar Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah. They met with the head of the GNA Faiz Sarraj.

On the occasion of their visit, the GNA noted that the authorities in Tripoli are in favor of “political dialogue, which is the only solution to the Libyan crisis, and it is necessary to support this course, contributing to the strengthening of stability in the country.”

In Libya, for a long time, two executive bodies have existed in parallel: the GNA sitting in Tripoli and the interim cabinet operating in the east of the country jointly with the parliament and supported by the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Over a year ago, opposing camps unleashed battles for the country’s main city, after Haftar launched an offensive on the capital on April 4, 2019, with the goal of, as he said, freeing it from terrorists.

In response, the Tripoli government officially turned to Turkey for help on the basis of a memorandum of military cooperation signed with it in November last year. With the active support of Ankara, the GNA managed to regain control over a number of territories seized earlier by the LNA.

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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