Libya: Turkish Defense Minister and Chief of Staff in Tripoli



Today, Friday, Al Arabiya and Al-Hadath correspondent reported that the Turkish Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff arrived in Tripoli.

According to Turkish media, the Turkish Minister of Defense, Khulusi Akar, and the Chief of the General Staff, General Yasar Guler, have arrived in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to discuss activities carried out within the scope of the “Memorandum of Understanding for security and military cooperation.”

Turkish Defense Minister, Khulusi Akar
Turkish Defense Minister, Khulusi Akar

This comes at a time when the African Intelligence website, which specializes in intelligence and strategic affairs, revealed Turkey’s intention to impose its candidate, Khaled Al-Sharif, to assume the leadership of intelligence in the Fayez al-Sarraj government.

Ankara is pushing hard for the appointment of Sharif, a leader in what is known as the “fighting group” close to al Qaeda, as the intelligence chief.

Extremist groups are also trying to field candidates for the post, including the chief of special operations in Zintan, Emad Trabelsi, and Misurata businessman Mohamed al-Issawi.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament held Aqila Saleh, on Friday, Talks in Moscow With Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, they discussed mechanisms to stop the fighting, implement the Berlin decisions and the Cairo Declaration.

Lavrov said that the Cairo Declaration and the Berlin outputs could serve as a basis for a Libyan-Libyan dialogue. He added that “Russia will continue its efforts to solve the Libyan crisis.” Lavrov explained that “Russia will resume the work of its embassy in Libya from Tunisia.”

Aqeelah Saleh also held talks with Valentina Matviyenko, President of the Council of the Russian Federation, during which he reviewed developments in the situation in Libya and the need to stop the fighting and start political dialogue.

Turkey supports the government of reconciliation forces in its battles against the Libyan National Army. The Al-Wefaq government had rejected the Egyptian initiative for a solution in Libya, which Saleh’s wife Aqila had launched with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the leader of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Hifter.

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