Kalin: Turkish Talks with Egypt Next Week Could Help to End War in Libya – Al Marsad

President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Kalin, said that Turkish talks with Egypt next week could forge renewed cooperation between the estranged regional powers and help efforts to end the war in Libya.

(Libya, 28 April 2021) – According to a Reuters report, Ibrahim Kalin said that Intelligence chiefs, as well as foreign ministers of both countries, have been in contact, and a Turkish diplomatic mission will visit Egypt in early May.

He added: “Rapprochement with Egypt, will certainly help the security situation in Libya because we fully understand that Egypt has a long border with Libya and that may sometimes pose a security threat for Egypt.”

He indicated that Turkey would discuss security in Libya with Egypt and other countries.


However, on the UN call for all foreign forces to leave the country, Kalin said that Turkish military officers and allied Syrian fighters would be staying. “We have an agreement that is still holding there with the Libyan government,” he said, refeRring to the security MOU signed by Erdogan with Fayez al-Sarraj which paved the way for decisive Turkish intervention in support of the Tripoli-based government. The Libyan Parliament, however, refused to ratify the agreement and considers it illegal.

The removal of all foreign forces and mercenaries is an essential requirement of the 5+5 Joint Military Agreement signed by the GNA and LNA forces. Last week, at a hearing at the Italian Parliament, the Foreign Minister of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Najla al-Mangoush, said that the government was resolute on all foreign forces, including Turkish ones, and mercenaries had to leave Libyan soil.

Al-Mangoush: The GNU is Determined that Turkey Withdraws its Forces from Libya

The comments made by al-Mangoush received severe criticism from Muslim Brotherhood leaders and other pro-Turkey loyalists.