Turkey sends 150.000 Coronavirus vaccine doses to Libya

Turkey has sent 150,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Libya as part of the agreements made on Monday on the formal visit of the Libyan Prime Minister to Ankara.

The Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Wednesday on Twitter that the vaccines were given to Libyan officials.

“With the completion of final preparations, our Air Force aircraft has departed from Ankara’s Etimesgut Airport with the COVID19 vaccines to be delivered to Libya under the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.” It added.

Erdogan, and Libyan Prime Minister, Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, stressed the significance of the maritime Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a joint press conference after a meeting of the Libya-Turkey Strategic Cooperation Council in Ankara on Monday.

Erdogan received the Libyan Prime Minister at the Presidential Complex in Beştepe, Ankara, with an accompanying delegation of Foreign and Interior Ministers as well as 12 other ministers in a formal ceremony.

After the meeting, Erdogan said that they had agreed to hold a regional conference for all parties to call for dialogue and cooperation in Eastern Mediterranean in a way that preserves the rights of all states.

“Turkey will continue its support for the Government of National Unity in Libya as it did with the previous legitimate governments because its goal would always be supporting sovereignty and stability, urging the international community to provide honest support to Libya to hold elections on time.” Erdogan reiterated.

Erdogan and Dbeibah also discussed boosting trade and the speedy return of Turkish private sector companies to work in Libya, explaining that Ankara would provide Libya with 150.000 Coronavirus vaccine doses as well as necessary medicines needed to limit the spread and damage of Covid-19 pandemic.


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