Libyan-Turkish Foreign Ministers Discuss Libyan Elections


On Thursday, Libyan Foreign Minister, Najlaa Al-Mangoush paid an official visit to Turkey and met with her Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara.

Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey supports the upcoming elections being organised in Libya.
“We discussed our bilateral relations and the issues on our agenda with our first guest today, Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush of Libya,” Çavuşoğlu tweeted.

“Elections should be held in a free, fair and credible manner,” he said, adding that Turkey will “continue to contribute to the stability and prosperity of Libya.”

Al-Mangoush attended several meetings with Turkish officials, to discuss bilateral relations and the current developments in Libya.

In May, Al-Mangoush called on Turkey to take steps to implement the outcomes of the Berlin Conference on Libya, and the relevant Security Council resolutions. In a joint press conference with Çavuşoğlu, she also called on Turkey to withdraw all foreign forces and mercenaries in the country.

On Wednesday, Al-Mangoush met with her British counterpart, Liz Truss in London, where they discussed Libya’s upcoming elections.

The British Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Libya has promised to hold free, fair, and inclusive elections on 24 December. The talks also dealt with the immediate withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces.

Furthermore, British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, James Cleverly praised the efforts made by the 5 + 5 Libyan Military Commission (JMC) in withdrawing all foreign forces from Libya.

“I welcome the efforts made by the Joint Military Commission 5+5 in signing an action plan for the removal of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libya,” Cleverly tweeted.