Turkey denies sending envoy to Libya demanding Dbeibah hand power over to Bashagha

The Turkish ambassador to Libya, Kenan Yilmaz, denied that Ankara had sent a delegation to convince the the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdul Hamid Dbeibah to hand over power to the Parliament-designated PM, Fathi Bashagha.

Yilmaz told Libya Alahrar TV on Sunday that Turkey is in contact with all Libyan parties and is ready to mediate a solution for the Libyan crisis to avoid the country destabilization and allow it to move forward to elections.

Relatedly, the spokesman for the Libyan GNU, Mohammed Hammouda, also denied the arrival of any Turkish envoy to Libya, adding that Ankara hadn’t proposed any political initiative to resolve the current status quo and the Turkish government “is dealing with the GNU business as usual.”

Hammouda said the Turkish government had reiterated its stance in support for stability and calm in Libya as well as for holding elections as a solution to the crisis.

Libyan local media outlets reported that a Turkish envoy had arrived in Tripoli to coax Dbeibah into handing over power to Bashagha and to warn the former against using force.


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