Presidential Council Head and Turkish President discussed support for political solution

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, right, shakes hands with Fayez al-Sarraj, the Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council (AP Photo)
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met the Head of Libya’s Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj Monday.
 
The Presidential Council is affiliated with Libya’s UN-backed unity government based in Tripoli.
 
The meeting between the president and Al-Sirraj was held at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul.
 
The closed-door meeting lasted for about an hour.
 
Relations between Turkey and Libya have gained new momentum since Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s visit back in May 2016 to begin the process of reopening the Turkish embassy in Tripoli, which has been closed since 2014 due to the security reasons.
 
Turkey officially reopened its embassy in Libya last month after two years of closure, which is viewed as a contribution to Libya gaining back its stability and reviving bilateral relations between the two countries.
 
Furthermore, Turkey supported Libya in combating the terror group of ISIS in Derna, Benghazi and Sirte, having recently signed the Vienna Communique, paving the way for Libya to provide arms in fighting against ISIS.
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