Libya, Turkey Defense Ministries agree cooperation in building sovereign military institution

The Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, arrived in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Friday and met with the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj and the Deputy Defense Minister in Libya Salah Al-Namroush, to discuss military cooperation between the two countries as per the agreement signed in November 2019.

Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler also met with other Libyan officials, including the Head of the High Council of State, with Khalid Al-Mishri.

The media office of Al-Sarraj said on Friday that both countries “are seeking to improve bilateral relations and military cooperation.”

“I would like to convey our President Erdogan’s regards. He stated that we would do whatever it takes to make everything much better,” Akar said.

He added that they had very sincere, very constructive talks, saying Libya belongs to Libyans and Ankara’s wish for “Libyan brothers” is that they get rid of their troubles as soon as possible.

The Defense Minister and Chief of General Staff also visited the Defense Security Cooperation and Training Assistance Advisory Command, which was created within the scope of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Turkey and Libya.

The two Turkish officials and the accompanying delegation met with Turkish and Libyan soldiers, including Osama Juwaili, the commander of the Operation Peace Storm.


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