Turkey’s consulate in Benghazi to resume work when conditions permit, Ambassador says

The Turkish ambassador to Libya, Kenan Yilmaz, has confirmed that the closed consulate in Benghazi will resume work if the conditions in the eastern region allow it.

In a statement to Anadolu Agency, Yilmaz said that there are important opportunities to develop relations between Turkey and Libya in all fields, and that the two parties are continuing their efforts to enhance bilateral relations.

Yilmaz added that the main aim is to overcome the current unstable period that Libya is going through as soon as possible, calling for ending political differences, consolidating reconciliation and holding elections.

The Turkish ambassador stressed the importance of the visit of the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aqila Saleh, to Ankara in early August, and his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mustafa Şentop and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pointing out that important steps had been taken to improve relations between the two parliaments, indicating that a visit is currently being planned for members of the parliamentary friendship group headed by Representative Ahmed Yildiz to Benghazi.

Yilmaz also talked about the trade between the two sides, noting that Turkey’s exports to Libya last year amounted to about 3 billion dollars, and the volume of bilateral trade was 4.5 billion, expressing his hope that the coming days would witness further development in the existing bilateral relations between Turkey and Libya.


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