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The tragedy of Benghazi, Libya’s second city … No one seems willing or able to rebuild it

Much of what was once a charming Italian city, with cafés, art-deco cinema and royal palace, is a smashed ghost town. The courthouse where Libyans rose up against Qaddafi in 2011 is awash with sewage. “Lost homeland”, reads a graffito on a chipped colonnade adorning the old Bank of Rome.

Turkish ambassador’s Benghazi visit signals further Turkish rapprochement with Hafter’s eastern Libya – interests override principles and make allies of old enemies

Turkey’s Ambassador to Libya, Kenan Yilmaz, visited the Municipality of Benghazi yesterday signalling further improved relations between Turkey and presidential candidate Khalifa Hafter’s eastern Libya. Yilmaz was met by a Libyan delegation headed by Sager Bujwari the head of Benghazi Municipality and an ally of Hafter.

Turkey’s ambassador reviews with Libyan HoR Speaker opening consulate in Benghazi

The Turkish ambassador to Libya, Kenan Yilmaz, said he had discussed with the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh reopening Ankara’s consulate in Benghazi and resuming Turkish airlines’ flights to east Libya as well as the return of Turkish firms to resume their suspended projects.