On June 17, 2020, Senior Turkish officials visited Tripoli to meet Libya’s internationally recognized government GNA.
The visit, not previously announced, included Turkey’s foreign and finance ministers, the intelligence chief, and the national security adviser, the GNA said in a statement. They met the GNA’s prime minister, interior minister, and oil company head.
During the visit, the Turkish officials discussed the “latest developments in the crisis” in Libya and the “international efforts to resolve it” with Fayez al-SARRAJ, head of GNA, according to a GNA statement.
The meeting also covered the “monitoring of the implementation of the military and security memorandum of understanding” concluded in November 2019 between Libya and Turkey.
Turkey and the GNA are discussing possible Turkish use of two military bases in the North African country, said Reuters.
Turkish support has been critical to the GNA in turning back a 14-month campaign by the LNA, backed by Russia, the UAE, and Egypt, to capture Tripoli.
Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 revolution that toppled Muammar GADDAFI and has been divided since 2014 between rival administrations in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Central Bank, the only bodies allowed to sell Libyan oil according to international agreements, are in Tripoli and controlled by the GNA.
Oil exports have been frozen for most of this year after eastern-based forces blockaded the ports.
NOC briefly restarted last week’s production at two of the main oilfields but was forced to close them again after a few hours.
This article was edited using the data from the Aljazeera.com, Nytimes.com, Middleeastmonitor.com, and English.alarabiya.net