Libyan army spokesman Al-Mesmari says forces advancing on Tripoli

Libya's army spokesman Ahmed Al-Mesmari said on Monday that his National Libyan Army (LNA) forces were making progress toward the capital city of Tripoli. (Screenshot/YouTube)
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Updated 17 December 2019

Libyan army spokesman Al-Mesmari says forces advancing on Tripoli

  • On Sunday, Turkey pledged to send troops to Libya
  • El-Sisi said on Monday that the security of Libya was in the best interests of Egypt

TRIPOLI: Libya's army spokesman Ahmed Al-Mesmari said on Monday that his National Libyan Army (LNA) forces were making progress toward the capital city of Tripoli amid an escalation of tensions.

Speaking in a press conference, Al-Mesmari also said that a Turkish drone that had been targeting the national army troops had been shot down.

On Sunday, Turkey pledged to send troops to Libya, in support of the GNA in Tripoli.

“We will be protecting the rights of Libya and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean," Erdogan told Turkish television. "We are more than ready to give whatever support necessary to Libya.”

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said on Monday that the security of Libya was in the best interests of Egypt, and said there was a difference between involvement to seek a political situation for the country and “interfering in Libya.”


Erdogan says Somalia has invited Turkey to explore for oil in its seas

Updated 20 January 2020

Erdogan says Somalia has invited Turkey to explore for oil in its seas

  • Ankara and Libya’s internationally recognized government signed a maritime delimitation agreement in 2019

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Somalia had invited Turkey to explore for oil in its seas, after Ankara and Libya’s internationally recognized government signed a maritime delimitation agreement last year, according to broadcaster NTV.

“There is an offer from Somalia. They are saying: ‘There is oil in our seas. You are carrying out these operations with Libya, but you can also do them here.’ This is very important for us,” Erdogan was cited as saying by NTV. “Therefore, there will be steps that we will take in our operations there.”