Al-Sarraj Prepares To Meet Erdogan in Ankara

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The Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, is due to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

The meeting on Thursday is to discuss a new round of talks for a potential ceasefire.

Erdogan and Al-Sarraj were due to meet in Ankara at 01.00 PM, Libyan local time.

Al-Sarraj’s meeting with the Turkish President coincides with the weekly meetings by the Turkish government. These meetings discuss the most recent developments in Libya, as well as the implementation of the provisions of the agreement on maritime borders signed with the GNA.

This visit to Ankara comes after a flurry of diplomatic efforts on Wednesday.

Leaders from both sides of the conflict traveled abroad for meetings hosted by foreign powers.

The GNA’s Vice President, Ahmed Maetiq, travelled to Moscow, while the Libyan National Army (LNA)’s leader Khalifa Haftar was in Egypt to meet defence officials.

On Monday, the UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced that both sides had agreed to resume ceasefire talks.

It warned that weapons and fighters being transported into Libya in defiance of the arms embargo threatened a major new escalation.

This is the first international meeting held by the Turkish government in about 70 days.