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.
Even though Sisi always said they would not just watch Turkey increase its involvement, it was believed that he would avoid a military adventure. The major fear of Sisi is that in the event that Islamist forces win in Libya, there is a possibility that Muslim Brotherhood, which he toppled in a 2013 coup, may have the chance to take revenge.
A high-ranking Turkish delegation visited Tripoli on June 17, with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as the head, accompanied by Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak, Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın, Chief of Intelligence Hakan Fidan. Upon the Turkish delegation's arrival back in Ankara, Çavuşoğlu said that they discussed a lasting ceasefire and political solution in Libya, as well as energy cooperation, during their visit.
Turkish President Erdoğan and Libya's GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj met in the capital Ankara on June 4. In a news conference, Erdoğan said both countries plan to advance cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, including exploration and drilling activities.
Turkey's National Security Council, chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said that the country will continue providing “military consultancy" to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in western Libya.
Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s eastern military commander, demanded that Turkey withdraw its troops and Syrian fighters before any halt to his offensive on the capital Tripoli. “A ceasefire (would be) the result of a number of conditions being fulfilled …the withdrawal of Syrian and Turkish mercenaries, an end to Turkish arms supplies to Tripoli, and the liquidation of terrorist groups (in Tripoli),” Haftar said.
The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Khalifa Haftar, on Feb. 18 claimed having targeted a Turkish ship in the Tripoli port, in the capital, which it said was carrying weapons and ammunition. Ghassan Salame, U.N. envoy for Libya, confirmed that the port was attacked.