Egypt’s foreign minister says Turkey supports extremists in Libya

Turkey’s parliament has given President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the go-ahead to send troops to Libya, aggravating the situation in the country. (Reuters)
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Updated 10 January 2020

Egypt’s foreign minister says Turkey supports extremists in Libya

  • Shoukry called for a cessation of hostilities in Libya, stressing that international law should be respected

CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry claims Turkey continues to support extremists in Libya’s long-running civil war.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday following a meeting in Cairo with his counterparts from France, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus on the situation in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya, Shoukry said the meeting aimed to reach a political consensus for the crisis, that political solutions are the best possible resolution, and that armed conflicts cannot help solve the crisis.

Shoukry called for a cessation of hostilities in Libya, stressing that international law should be respected. He claimed that Turkey supports armed militias listed as sanctioned by the UN Security Council. 

He noted that the recent agreements signed between Fayez Al-Serraj and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were a violation of the Sokhairat Agreement and that Turkish support for extremists continues.

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Ankara is violating international law in light of the escalation of terrorism in Tripoli, and that Egypt has been affected by attempts by terrorists to smuggle arms through its border with Libya.

The Egyptian foreign minister said that Egypt had exerted “numerous efforts” to enable the people of Libya to reach a compromise. He stressed that Libya’s Presidential Council should represent all the Libyan regions, something it does not do currently.

The situation in Libya is only getting more complicated, Shoukry said, adding that Turkey’s interventions are aggravating the situation. He said Ankara is violating international law in light of the escalation of terrorism in Tripoli, and that Egypt has been affected by attempts by terrorists to smuggle arms through its border with Libya. He added that Egypt fully supports the Berlin conference and its attempts to achieve stability in Libya.

Speaking at the same press conference, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the Demarcation Agreement between Turkey and Libya’s Government of National Accord is a cause for concern as it violates international law and has a direct impact on the European Union.

On a more positive note, Le Drian added that the latest gas explorations in the Eastern Mediterranean have provided increased development opportunities in the Middle East.


Israel's Mossad chief discusses 'cooperation' with Bahrain

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Israel's Mossad chief discusses 'cooperation' with Bahrain

  • Cohen visited Bahrain on Wednesday and discussed "topics of mutual interest" with Bahraini officials
  • The September 15 US-brokered deal was signed in Washington at the same time as an Israel-UAE normalisation agreement

MANAMA: Israel's Mossad spy agency chief Yossi Cohen has held talks in Bahrain with top security and intelligence officials, Bahrain state media reported Thursday, after their countries agreed to normalise ties.
Cohen visited Bahrain on Wednesday and discussed "topics of mutual interest" as well as "cooperation between the two countries" with the Bahraini officials, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.
"They stressed the importance... of the role the (normalisation deal) will play in significantly contributing to promoting stability and peace in the region," BNA added.
The September 15 US-brokered deal was signed in Washington at the same time as an Israel-UAE normalisation agreement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to the US capital for a ceremony to sign the deals along with the foreign affairs chiefs of the two Arab monarchies of the Gulf.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates became the third and fourth Arab countries to normalise ties with Israel, following Jordan's 1994 peace treaty with the Jewish state and Egypt's peace deal in 1979.