Turkey and the United Kingdom agree on a diplomatic solution in Libya, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday from London, where he paid a working visit.
The Turkish foreign minister said Turkey believed the only solution to the Libyan conflict was politics, adding that “we need to keep pace with this political process under the auspices of the UN”.
The terms of the legitimate Sarraj government in Libya must be met for a ceasefire in Libya and the truce must be permanent, Cavusoglu said after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Downing Street.
The Turkish Foreign Minister met earlier with his British counterpart Dominic Raab.
According to Cavusoglu, during his meetings with Raab and Johnson, they talked about post-pandemic relations, the bilateral free trade agreement after Brexit, cooperation in tourism, health tourism and the defense industry, as well as more international and regional issues, including Libya, Syria and NATO.
The Turkish Foreign Minister also said he had met with Jeffrey Donaldson, President of the Group of All Parliamentary Parties for Turkey in the United Kingdom Parliament, and Wendy Morton, the European Neighborhood Minister for Europe and the United States.
As Mevlut Cavusoglu noted, Turkey and the United Kingdom will work together in many areas after Brexit, adding that “even if the United Kingdom leaves the EU, it will continue to be one of the most important parts of the European continent”.
Cavusoglu also said that, along with the bilateral trade agreement, they also undertook the future of a visa regime agreement for Turkish businessmen, known as the Ankara Agreement, to prevent possible Brexit repercussions on Turkish citizens.
The Turkish Foreign Minister added that he visited Johnson and reiterated the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Turkey.
Mevlut Cavusoglu also announced that Turkey would open a consulate in Manchester to provide quality services to Turkish citizens./ibna