Al-Sarraj tells Erdogan Libya wants Turkish firms to participate in reconstruction as war nears end 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj hold a joint press conference in Ankara. [Photo: Anadolu Agency]
Turkey and Libya are preparing to advance cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean, including search and drilling activities, to further benefit from natural resources, said the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a joint press conference with the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj on Thursday in Ankara. 

Erdogan said Turkey and Libya have reached a consensus on expanding their cooperation areas on the territory of Libya, adding that they plan to advance cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean, including search and drilling activities, to further benefit from natural resources.

Erdogan also called on the international community to stop the putschist Khalifa Haftar from illegally selling oil which rightfully belongs to the Libyan people.

“The oil, which should be used for the welfare of Libya and all Libyans, should not be allowed to be sold illegally by the putschists,” he said.

Erdogan also noted that Turkey will stand by GNA and continue fighting on all international platforms for a just and legitimate solution.

“We will never leave our Libyan brothers at the mercy of putschists and mercenaries,” Erdogan said.

On a political process and solution under the auspices of the UN, Erdogan said that although Haftar and his militias have committed crimes against humanity and war crimes, stressing that a person who constantly threatens the future of Libya can no longer have a representation right to sit on the negotiation table.

“History will judge those who cause bloodshed and tears in Libya by supporting putschist Haftar,” Erdogan added.

Meanwhile, Al-Sarraj thanked Turkey for its historic and brave stance on Libya.

Referring to the Libyan government’s fight with Haftar and his militias in the eastern part of the country, Sarraj said: “We will continue our struggle until we eliminate the enemy in Libya.”

He said the Libyan government has achieved great success against the attacks initiated by mercenaries and their supporters.

“We completely liberated Tripoli and its surroundings. Actually, this success is the victory of all of us,” Al-Sarraj said.

On possible new talks, Al-Sarraj said the Libyan government will not allow negotiations in the next stages with warlord Khalifa Haftar.

Meanwhile, Sarraj said the Libyan government wants to see Turkish companies in Libya during the reconstruction of the country. He added Libya has a great opportunity to establish constructive cooperation with Turkey due to its natural and human resources.

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