Libya has warmly welcomed the Turkish delegation’s visit to the country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference late Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj welcomed Mevlut Cavusoglu, Economy and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and the head of the National Intelligence Agency, Hakan Fidan, who visited Libya at the behest of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Our visit was warmly welcomed in Libya. The purpose of the visit is clear: to reiterate strongly that Turkey supports Libya. We also discussed how the two countries can improve their bilateral relations”, Cavusoglu said.
“As you know, we have signed a memorandum of understanding with Libya regarding the restriction of maritime jurisdiction. We have discussed all the measures that need to be taken in the Mediterranean regarding energy. We talked about what needs to be done to achieve a permanent ceasefire and a political decision. We also discussed how to continue our work within the framework of the UN. We have assessed the steps that need to be taken within the international community”, he added.
Recalling that mass graves were found in the Libyan city of Tarhuna, Cavusoglu said that Turkey supports Libya’s efforts to bring the issue to the attention of the International Criminal Court.
“These inhumane massacres must be adressed and those responsible must be brought to justice”, he said.
During the visit, the economic partnership between Turkey and Libya was also discussed, Cavusoglu said.
“Turkish business activities have declined in Libya due to the war. There are projects, investments that need to be completed. Therefore, we also discussed the economic aspects of our relationship”, he added.
The Turkish delegation met with Prime Minister al-Sarraj, Foreign Minister Mohammed Siyala and Libyan Supreme Council President Khalid al-Mishri.
“We visited our teams in the area that is there for training and consulting services as part of the memorandum of understanding. They work there day and night. I congratulate them”, Cavusoglu said.
In his statements, the Turkish Foreign Minister also congratulated the Turkish Armed Forces on their brave fight against terrorist organizations in northern Iraq, adding that the two Turkish military operations are progressing successfully.
On Monday, the Ministry of National Defense announced the launch of Operation Claw-Eagle in northern Iraq, noting that Turkish fighter jets had destroyed caves where terrorists were hiding.
On Wednesday, Turkish armed forces destroyed PKK terrorist targets in the Haftanin area of northern Iraq as part of Operation Claw-Tiger.
Meanwhile, Cavusoglu congratulated former Turkish Ambassador Volkan Bozkir on his election as President of the United Nations General Assembly before its 75th session in September.
Ambassador Volkan Bozkir, appointed by order of our President, was elected President of the 75th UNGA with the broad support of UN Members. Congratulations to Ambassador Bozkir for this achievement, which is proof of Turkey’s respectable position. (Turkey) will support all his efforts”, he wrote on his Twitter account./ibna