Algeria, Turkey Discuss Situation in Libya

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Algerian counterpart Sabri Boukadoum stressed the importance of a ceasefire and reaching a political solution to the conflict in Libya.

Speaking to the press after talks in Ankara, Cavusoglu said he discussed with Boukadoum regional issues, saying the developments in Libya affect neighboring Algeria

He reiterated the importance of a ceasefire to achieve a political solution in the country, adding that Turkey and Algeria have been working closely for some time to achieve that objective.

The Turkish minister also accused Libyan National Army (LNA) commander, Khalifa Haftar of pursuing a military solution to the conflict, instead of the political one.

For his part, Boukadoum stressed that his country supports a peaceful solution, adding that Algiers and Ankara will continue to work in coordination for peace and stability in Libya and the whole region.

“We are ready to provide all kind of support for a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis.”

Meanwhile, ItaMilRadar website, which monitors military aircraft, revealed that Turkish flights to Libya are ongoing. It said two Turkish air force Lockheed C-130B/E (61-0963 & 71-01468) had unloaded cargo at Libya’s al-Watiya airbase.

The United Nations and the European Union have repeatedly accused Turkey of violating the arms embargo imposed on Libya. It has transported thousands of mercenaries from its loyal Syrian armed factions to western Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, against the LNA.

Turkey has continued its violations despite the ceasefire that was declared last month. Ankara has yet to officially comment on it.