Cairo: Khaled Mahmoud and Jamal Gohar – Ankara: Said Abdel Razek
The interim Libyan “unity” government, headed by Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, received more support from Ankara, which yesterday strengthened its influence in western Libya, after a high-level Turkish delegation, during its visit to the capital Tripoli yesterday, concluded new agreements and memoranda of understanding with the Dabaiba government, which angered the Council of Ministers. Representatives and the Government of Stability, headed by Fathi Bashagha.
The unity government announced the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding with Turkey in the field of security training, oil and gas energy, and in the field of media. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed, in a press conference with his counterpart in the National Unity Government, Najla Al-Manqoush, the signing of a memorandum of understanding in the field of hydrocarbon resources. He added that he discussed with Dabaiba the steps of a political solution and joint relations, considering that the security and military memorandum of understanding is “important for the stability of Libya,” and he also talked about the return of Turkish Airlines flights to Libya’s airports.
For his part, Dabaiba said that he discussed with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar the military cooperation between the two countries, a number of training programs for the Libyan army, and the provision of advanced equipment to a number of the army’s general staff.
On the other hand, Aguila Saleh, Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, and Fathi Bashagha, Prime Minister of the “stability” government, rejected the “unity” government to sign any agreements, and stressed that “any agreement, treaty, or memorandum of understanding concluded by the outgoing Prime Minister of the National Unity Government is rejected and invalid.” Legal, and not binding on the State of Libya.