Turkish FM: “There Is An Offer To Hand Sirte and Al-Jufra To GNA”


Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, claimed that there was an offer from the Libyan National Army (LNA) to hand the cities of Sirte and Al-Jufra over to the Government of National Accord (GNA). The Turkish top diplomat pointed out that negotiations were still ongoing.

Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that Cavusoglu was on an official visit to Libya, in which he intends to meet with his Maltese counterpart, Evarist Bartolo. They are due to discuss recent developments in the region, as well as solutions to the Libyan crisis.

Cavusoglu had said in previous statements, that the EU’s IRINI operation was “biased” and aimed to help the LNA. The operation is set to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya.

During a press conference with his Spanish counterpart, the Turkish FM added: “the European monitoring operation is trying to besiege the Government of National Accord. It does not monitor the weapons and aircraft coming to Haftar from Russia, France, Syria, the Emirates, and Egypt”.

“Turkey is ready to provide support for IRINI operations, if it is under the umbrella of the United Nations”, he added.