Turkey, Libya's GNA, Qatar to sign deal to boost military cooperation

Libya's internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) has announced that it will sign a tripartite deal with Turkey and Qatar for military training and consultancy facilities in the country to be established. The statement came after Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler on Aug. 17 visited GNA Premier Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli.

Duvar English / Anadolu Agency

The deputy defense minister of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) on Aug. 17 announced that his country has agreed with Turkey and Qatar to sign a tripartite deal for military cooperation to boost capabilities of the GNA military.

Top Turkish officials visit Libya, meet with GNA officialsTop Turkish officials visit Libya, meet with GNA officials

According to media office of the GNA-led Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation, Salah Al-Namroush said Turkey and Qatar will establish facilities in Libya for military training and consultancy.

Al-Namroush also added that as part of the deal, Turkey and Qatar will send consultants and military personnel to Libya.

Turkish and Qatari ministers emphasized that they support the political solution and the legitimate government, he added.

Earlier in the day, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a trilateral meeting with his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah and GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli.

Turkey says will continue providing military consultancy to Libya's GNATurkey says will continue providing military consultancy to Libya's GNA

Akar, accompanied by Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, visited Al-Sarraj's office for the meeting.

He also visited the Defense Security Cooperation and Training Assistance Advisory Command that was established as part of a memorandum of understanding between Turkey and GNA.

The Turkish defense minister also held another trilateral meeting with his Qatari counterpart and GNA Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha.

Turkey threw its support behind the GNA in November after signing a military cooperation pact alongside a maritime demarcation deal, which gives Ankara exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean that Greece and others reject.

Turkey’s intervention in the conflict has pushed back Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) - backed by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt - which had been attacking the GNA in Tripoli since April 2019.

Turkey’s support for the GNA “will increasingly continue,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in many occasions.