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High-level Turkish officials visit Libya

A Turkish delegation, led by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, flew to Libya's capital Tripoli to meet with officials of the Government of National Unity (GNU).

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A Turkish delegation led by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu flew to Libya’s capital Tripoli on Saturday, June 12. The delegation received by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh included the Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, the Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu, Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler, the Head of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan, the Head of Presidency of Communications Fahrettin Altun and Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin.

Following the sessions, Minister Çavuşoğlu reiterated his support for the Government of National Unity (GNU) ahead of the 2nd Berlin Conference. Çavuşoğlu and the accompanying group told Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush that collaboration for a safe and stable Libya will continue.

Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar visited the Libya Group of Command and met with Turkish personnel. Receiving information about the command activities, Akar emphasized that Turkey is not a foreign power in Libya.  Furthermore, Akar noted that assistance and consultancy services continue in Libya to enable the country in reaching a self-sufficient level.

The delegation led by Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu recently met with the Chairman of Libya’s High Council of State, Khalid Mishri. In a tweet about the meeting, Minister Çavuşoğlu indicated that he reaffirmed his support for the Libyan-led political process.

The delegation, which came together with the Presidential Council members after Prime Minister Dbeibeh, also met with Mohamed al-Menfi.

Libya’s civil war began with the ousting and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 was exacerbated in 2019 when Khalifa Haftar carried out a military offensive to topple the Tripoli-based UN-recognized government. The new GNU was seated in March following its election by the UN-initiated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

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