Top Turkish officials meet with Libya’s official gov’t in Tripoli

Key Turkish officials, including Turkey’s top diplomat and intelligence chief, arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday to hold talks with Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalın, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and Hakan Fidan, the head of the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation, were among the delegation that attended the meeting with GNA officials, the Tripoli-based government announced on Facebook.

‎[فيديو] رئيس المجلس الرئاسي يبحث مع وفد تركي يضم وزيري الخارجية والمالية سبل تنمية التعاون الثنائي

Posted by ‎حكومة الوفاق الوطني Government of National Accord‎ on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The governments spoke on the development of bilateral ties, according to a GNA statement carried by the state-run Anadolu news agency, however the precise purpose of the meeting was not immediately revealed.

The Turkish government did not publicly announce the meeting until it was already in progress.

Çavuşoğlu cancelled a meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio in Italy, Rome-based journalist Alessandro Scipione said on Twitter.

Turkey’s military support for the GNA has pushed back and reversed the gains made in an offensive by the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, to seize Libya’s capital, Tripoli.

Reuters reported on Monday that Ankara and the GNA were discussing Turkey’s possible use of two military bases in Libya, indicating a longer-term policy in the North African country.