Turkey, Libya to open joint investigation into consignment of arms from Turkey
Libya and Turkey are set to open a joint investigation into a consignment of arms from Turkey which was seized at a port near Tripoli this week, the Jerusalem Post reported on Saturday, quoting the UN-backed Libyan government.
The statement from the Libyan officials was released following talks in Tripoli between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu, it said, quoting Çavusoglu as saying Ankara rejected such actions "which do not represent the policy or approach of the Turkish state."
Transporting weapons to Libya is banned under a United Nations arms embargo imposed in 2011, the year civil war broke out in the country.
The consignment sent from Turkey contained 3,000 Turkish-made pistols, as well as some other pistols, hunting rifles and ammunition, according to Benghazi's Benina airport customs services who shared the information on their official Facebook account.
A day earlier a cargo of 2.5 million Turkish-made bullets was seized at the same port, the Jerusalem Post said, citing the same source.
The UN mission in Libya has condemned the shipment of arms to Libya as "extremely disconcerting," the newspaper highlighted, noting that the UN last June extended an arms embargo on the country for another year.
The oil-rich country remains in a chaotic state six years after the fall of Muammar Gadhafi. The United Nations-backed government struggles to exert control over territory held by rival governments and military factions based in the east and west of the country since 2014.