Turkey: Erdogan and Sarraj meet in Ankara

Turkey: Erdogan and Sarraj meet in Ankara

Turkey and Libya are planning to boost their cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean through exploration and drilling operations, in order to further benefit from natural resources, the Turkish President said in a meeting with the Libyan Prime Minister on Thursday.

The meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Prime Minister of the UN-recognized Libyan government Fayez Al-Sarraj took place at the Presidential Palace in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

“Despite the horrific attacks by the coup d’etat instigator Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan government has taken the necessary measures against the pandemic”, Erdogan commented on Libya’s fight against COVID-19.

“History will judge those who cause bloodshed and tears in Libya by supporting the Haftar coup”, he added.

“Turkey will continue to support the Sarraj government and will continue to fight in all international forums for a just and legitimate solution”, he continued.

The Libyan PM in turn thanked Turkey for her “historic and courageous stance towards Libya”.

Referring to the Libyan government’s fight with Khalifa Haftar and the militias loyal to him in the eastern part of the country, Sarraj stressed: “We will continue our fight until we eliminate the enemy in Libya. Libya will not allow negotiations in the next stages with Khalifa Haftar”.

In addition, Sarraj added he wanted to see Turkish companies settling in Libya, as the country was being rebuilt.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan also called on the international community to stop “coup instigator” Khalifa Haftar from illegally selling oil that rightfully belongs to the Libyan people. /ibna