Libyan HoR Speaker says visit to Turkey was “fruitful”

After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mustafa Şentop, Libyan Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh explained the objectives of Libya-Turkey relations to Yeni Şafak newspaper, saying that his meetings in Ankara were very productive.

According to the Turkish newspaper, Saleh noted during his meeting with Erdogan that the HoR wanted support from Ankara for the protection of Libya’s territorial integrity.

“In my opinion, we explained the Libyan picture to him [Erdogan] very clearly during this meeting. We conveyed to him that the most important thing is to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of Libya. Mr. President [Erdogan] said that they will make all necessary efforts for the stability and prosperity of Libya.” Saleh explained.

Saleh said the HoR was working to bring the bilateral relations between Turkey and Libya to the highest level again, pointing out that Turkish companies play an important role in reconstruction projects in Libya.

“Noting that their greatest wish is for Turkey-Libya relations to go beyond their previous level, Saleh said that there are many Turkish companies in Libya and their contracts are still ongoing, but most of them could not complete their projects.” The newspaper reported, adding that they want to reestablish the cooperation that was interrupted due to the crises in Libya.

Saleh also reiterated that when the HoR reaches an agreement, it will be submitted to the High Council of State (HCS) and also to the HoR. 

“Of course, after the establishment of an election board, all these works will be put to a referendum and submitted to the vote of the Libyan people.” Saleh said

The Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR), Aqila Saleh, has met with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara to discuss the latest developments in the country and the constitutional basis for elections, as well as the need to avoid violence.

The meeting at the Turkish Parliament was attended by the Deputy Head of the Presidential Council, Abdullah Al-Lafi, as well as the Speaker of the Turkish Parliament, Mustafa Şentop.


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