Sarraj Praises Turkey and Malta for Supporting the GNA – Al Marsad

The President of the Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj received on Thursday Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Malta’s Foreign Minister, Evarist Bartolo, in the presence of the ambassadors of the two countries to Libya and Mohamed Siala, the Foreign Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA).

(Libya, 7 August 2020) – According to his media office, Fayez al-Sarraj expressed his appreciation for the positions of Turkey and Malta in support of his government, stressing the importance of coordination between the three countries in this delicate stage.

On their sides, the two ministers conveyed the greetings of Turkish President Erdogan and Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela and expressed the stance of their countries in support of the GNA and their keenness to stabilize Libya and provide every assistance necessary for it to overcome the current crisis, as they claimed.

The meeting held at the Presidential Council’s headquarters in the capital Tripoli dealt with developments in the situation in Libya and the importance of the resumption of the political track to achieve security and stability in Libya.

The meeting also reviewed several cooperation files between these countries and al-Sarraj’s government in various vital fields, assisting al-Sarraj’s government to restore life to normal, finding urgent solutions to the problems of the services sector, and operating scheduled commercial flights between Libya and both Malta and Turkey.

The meeting touched upon the European Operation IRINI to implement the arms embargo imposed on Libya and stressed that the Operation should be integrated by land, air, and sea.

For his part, al-Sarraj claimed that the transfers of mercenaries and the shipment of weapons to the party he described as “the aggressor” (the Libyan armed forces) by air have not stopped.

The attendees addressed the issue of illegal immigration and human smugglers where both Turkey and Malta expressed appreciation for the humanitarian role played by the GNA and their willingness to provide the equipment and maintenance needs of the Presidential Coast Guard.

The meeting also stressed the need for the European Union to contribute effectively to combat illegal immigration and work to address the root causes of this chronic problem by directing investments to the source countries.

At the end of the meeting, they agreed to form a joint working group to address and follow up on issues of common interest and translate them into concrete practical projects and to establish a tripartite harmony open to other countries that may like to participate. The meeting also agreed to issue a joint statement on its outcomes.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)

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