Turkish President and Libyan PM hold bilateral meeting in Istanbul

The Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, arrived in Turkey to hold talks on Saturday.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh have conducted a meeting between delegations. While the Minister of Treasury and Finance Lütfi Elvan, Minister of Commerce Mehmet Muş, and Head of the Central Bank Şahap Kavcıoğlu represented Turkey, Prime Minister Dbeibeh was accompanied by Libyan Central Bank Governor Saddek Elkaber among other ministers.

During the talks, Dbeibeh emphasized that the obstacles faced by Turkish companies in continuing their activities in Libya should be eliminated and especially letters of credits and company receivables should be addressed. In order to improve commercial relations and increase mutual data, the parties decided to create a package of administrative and technical measures.

Nonetheless, it was stated that President Erdoğan will visit Tripoli with a delegation for the second high-level Turkey-Libya Strategic Cooperation Meeting. Many ministers from Turkey and Libya attended the first meeting between the two sides, of which was held in April. During the talks, five different agreements were signed between Turkey and Libya.

Turkey signed a maritime authorization and security cooperation with the former Government of National Accord (GNA) in 2019. In response to Haftar’s attempts in occupying Tripoli, Turkey, which was involved in the crisis upon the request of the GNA, played an important role in repelling the attacks.

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