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Libya and Turkey discuss security cooperation

The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha met with the Turkish Defense Minister on Wednesday in Ankara and discussed security cooperation between the two countries.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said in Twitter that Bashagha is on a formal visit to Ankara to discuss latest developments in Libya and other issues of joint interest.

It added that the two ministers talked about the ongoing military cooperation between Libya and Turkey, touching upon the training of Libyan security cadres by the Turkish army and security forces.

Turkey is a supporter of the Presidential Council’s government and backs it up in the fighting to defend Tripoli against Khalifa Haftar’s offensive.

This was reiterated by the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj, who said his government was receiving support from Turkey as it recognizes the government as an internationally recognized entity that has the right to sign defense agreements with countries that support democracy in Libya.

Likewise, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the time that his country would support the Presidential Council’s government against the ongoing offensive that aims to destabilize the country, adding that Turkey won’t allow another Syria in Libya.

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