Libya: Turkish FM Cavusoglu meets with GNA leader Sarraj ​in Tripoli

A delegation of top Turkish officials convened with members of Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli on Wednesday. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, as well as Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak could be seen being welcomed by GNA leader Fayez Sarraj before heading to hold talks. The GNA's Foreign Minister Tahir Siyala as well as Interior Minister Fathi Basagha also attended the meeting. According to reports, the Turkish delegation's visit to Tripoli comes at a time when Ankara's help to the GNA has allowed them to push back Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and its allies from most of the northwest of the country towards Sirte. Topics discussed at the meeting reportedly included increased energy cooperation, as well as the possible establishment of two Turkish military bases within the African country. Libya has been torn by conflict since the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. More recently the country has been split into areas controlled by the GNA in Tripoli and the northwest, and territories held by the eastern-based LNA in Benghazi, led by Haftar.

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