Erdoğan underlines support for Libya’s GNA at top level meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated that Ankara would continue to stand in full solidarity with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) during a meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Istanbul on Sunday.

The Turkish president lauded the U.N.'s registration of a maritime agreement between Turkey and  the GNA signed in Nov. of last year, while stressing that Turkey would continue its support for Libya's stability and the welfare of the Libyan people, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster and subsequent death of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.

Ankara throws its weight behind Libya’s U.N.-recognised GNA, bolstering the GNA-allied forces with Turkish drones, armoured vehicles, military advisers and Syrian mercenaries against the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday registered the Turkey-GNA deal on the delimitation of maritime jurisdiction areas in the Mediterranean, which rejects unilateral and illegal activities by other regional countries and international firms and aims to protect the rights of both countries.