Defense chief stresses Turkey’s support to Libya
Turkey’s defense minister met his Libyan counterpart in Istanbul on Saturday, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said.
Hulusi Akar and Salahaddin Namroush exchanged views on the latest developments in Libya, the ministry said in a statement.
"TURKEY SUPPORTS LIBYA’S STABILITY"
Akar said Turkey is closely monitoring ongoing efforts for a political solution in Libya. "Turkey's goal is to contribute to the formation of a Libya that has ensured its territorial integrity and political unity, and lives in peace, tranquility and stability," he said.
Akar reiterated Turkey’s commitment to keep up consultations with Libya and continue military and security training for Libyan forces. "Turkey supports Libya’s stability, independence, and sovereignty," he said.
Namroush’s visit came a day after Libya’s warring sides agreed to hold national parliamentary and presidential elections on Dec. 24 next year.
The agreement was reached during UN-sponsored talks in Tunisia between representatives of the internationally recognized Libyan government and warlord Khalifa Haftar.
The participants agreed to establish a new Presidential Council and executive body to manage the transition period and hold national elections, according to Stephanie Turco Williams, head of the UN support mission in Libya