Turkish Spokesman: Libyan-Turkish Agreements to Remain Valid


On Monday, Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said that the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Presidential Council could be restructured.

In an interview with the 7th TV channel, Kalin highlighted the importance of the UN’s registration of the Turkey-Libya maritime border agreement. This clearly proved that the agreement is internationally accepted, he said. Kalin pointed out that Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj’s intention to resign from his post at the end of this month, adding that his resignation may be a reaction to some controversial issues in Libya.

Kalin stated that Turkish-Libyan relations are not based on certain figures. He stressed Ankara’s support for the legitimate Libyan government, and its commitment to all military and security cooperation agreements, signed between the two countries. The spokesman ensured that these agreements would remain valid by saying: “We will continue to work with different players, as we have very good relations with the political parties in Tripoli.”

Kalin also added that Libyans are aware that “Turkish intervention has a historical and decisive importance.” He explained that Turkey will continue to work with whoever is elected to the Presidential Council.

On Sunday, PM Al-Sarraj held a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Istanbul.

They agreed to enhance cooperation between Turkey and Libya, in various economic and development sectors in the coming period.

During the meeting, they emphasized the need to foster greater security and military cooperation. Specifically, this cooperation will take shape in building Libya’s defence and security capabilities, through training and rehabilitation programs.