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Turkish defense minister says Libya belongs to Libyans

Turkish defense minister Hulusi Akar says Libya belongs to Libyans amid efforts to secure a ceasefire in the divided country and reiterated support for Libya’s legitimate government.

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(African Stand) — Turkey on Monday reiterated its support for Libya’s legitimate government, with the visiting defense minister saying, “Libya belongs to Libyans”.

“We believe that we will achieve the wanted results by supporting our Libyan brothers in their just cause,” Hulusi Akar said during his visit to the capital Tripoli.

Accompanied by Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Yasar Guler, Akar is visiting Libya to review the training and advisory activities carried out under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two nations on security and military cooperation.

The duo met with the Turkish training personnel at lunch, following the inspections at the Defense Security Cooperation and Training Assistance Advisory Command.

Among the participants of the lunch was Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah. Akar said Qatar also supports efforts to ensure unity and peace of Libya and a permanent cease-fire in the war-weary country.

“We believe that we will get the desired result supporting our Libyan brothers in their just cause,” Akar said.

On Nov. 27, 2019, Ankara and Tripoli signed two MoUs; one on military cooperation and the other on maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Under the deal, Turkey has sent advisers to help the Libyan army defeat militias of warlord Khalifa Haftar.

Libya’s government, formed in 2015, in the wake of the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has faced a number of challenges, including attacks by Haftar.

In recent months, however, it has turned the tide against Haftar’s forces.

Turkey supports the government based in the capital Tripoli and a non-military resolution of the crisis.

Hassan Juma

Written by Hassan Juma

Hassan Juma is an international reporter who graduated with a degree from The United States International University where he majored in Journalism and International Relations and he is currently working for African Stand as a senior reporter covering the Middle East, US, Asia, and Europe.

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