Hulusi Akar Arrives Unannounced at Mitiga; Turkish Delegation to visit Tripoli Under Erdogan’s Orders – Al Marsad

A Turkish delegation, under orders from President Recep Erdogan, intends to conduct a visit to Libya before the NATO summit scheduled for Monday in the Belgian capital, Brussels. There was controversy last night Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar arrived unannounced yesterday at Mitiga base in Tripoli without informing Libyan authorities and without any Libyan security being present. 

(LIBYA, 12 June 2021) – A statement issued by the Turkish Presidency Communication Department, on Friday, according to Anadolu news agency, said that the delegation headed by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, will include Defense Ministers Hulusi Akar and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, in addition to Chief of Staff Yaşar Güler, and intelligence chief Hakan Fidan.

The delegation also includes the head of the Communications Department at the Presidency of the Republic, Fakhruddin Altun, and the presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin. The statement did not mention the date of the visit.

The visit is scheduled to last one day, during which the delegation will meet with Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Al-Dbaiba, in addition to a possible meeting of the delegation with the Chairman of the Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Menfi.

It is noteworthy that the same composition of the Turkish delegation visited Tripoli on 3 May when they met with Dbaiba, al-Menfi and Mohamed al-Haddad.

HULUSI AKAR ARRIVES AT MITIGA UNANNOUNCED AND WITHOUT LIBYAN PROTOCOL PRESENT

There was controversy yesterday, Friday, when the Turkish Foreign Minister Hulusi Akar landed at the Mitiga Military base without informing Libyan authorities and without any Libyan government protocol officers or its armed forces being present.

A source at Mitiga Airport told AlMarsad that the airport authorities we not informed of the visit by the government, the Presidential Council or even the Turkish Embassy.

There was condemnation from Libyans which accused Hulusi Akar and the Turkish government of a breach of protocol and complete disrespect for Libya’s sovereignty. They have demanded the GNU and the Presidential Council for a formal explanation for this breach by Akar.

Akar met with behind closed doors with his Turkish officers at their headquarters at Mitiga military base.

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