Turkey says in agreement with Britain over political solution for Libya

Turkey and Britain agree that a diplomatic solution is needed for the Libyan conflict, Anadolu news agency cited Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as saying on Wednesday.

“We need to give pace to this political process under the roof of the U.N.,” Çavuşoğlu said after a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Minister Dominic Raab in London.

Turkey is backing Libya’s United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in its fight against rebel General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), backed by Russia, Egypt, and France among others.

Çavuşoğlu also said the conditions of Sarraj government’s must be met for a permanent ceasefire to be agreed in Libya. However, Anadolu need not report on what those conditions are.

Cavusoglu said during the meeting with Raab and Johnson they spoke on post-pandemic relations, a bilateral post-Brexit free trade agreement, and cooperation in tourism, health tourism, and defence, as well as on other international and regional issues, including Libya, Syria, and NATO.

He also announced Turkey will open a consulate in Manchester to extend services for Turkish citizens in Britain.