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Turkey opposes foreign intervention in Libya

Turkey opposes foreign intervention in Libya
Political actors in Libya need to get out of foreign pressures and act independently, says Turkey’s special envoy

By Nazli Yuzbasioglu
ANKARA (AA) - Turkey's special envoy to Libya said Friday that a national consensus government should be established in Libya as soon as possible, without any foreign intervention.

Emrullah Isler told Anadolu Agency: “If the [political] actors inside want a solution, the solution is easy.”

"...Actors inside need to completely get out of foreign pressures and guidance of foreign countries and they need to act independently,” he added.

His remarks came at the seventh anniversary of the toppling of the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi which ended his 42-year rule.

Speaking about his 2014 meeting with Aguila Saleh Issa, president of the Libyan House of Representatives in Tobruk, Isler said that Turkey maintains the same stance, which supports ‘dialogue’ and a ‘common understanding’ between the sides.

“We told them, as Turkey, we are against foreign interventions in Libya and we treat equally all the sides in Libya,” he said.

“We also told them if they like, we could mediate but they rejected the offer.”

He said Egypt and the UAE substantially intervene in Libya.

With regards to kidnapped Turkish engineers in the country, he said: “We are exerting efforts to finalize it [the situation] as soon as possible. We were informed that their health conditions are good.”

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj will pay a visit to Turkey on Feb. 24 to attend a conference on economic relations between the two countries, he added.

Libya has been dogged by chaos since the ouster and death of longtime leader Gaddafi in a bloody NATO-backed uprising in 2011.

source: News Feed
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