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UN-backed Libya government calls on Turkey for support

Spokesman for the Libyan forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Mohamed Gnounou holds a press conference in the capital Tripoli on 9 April , 2019 [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images]
Spokesman for the Libyan forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Mohamed Gnounou holds a press conference in the capital Tripoli on 9 April , 2019 [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images]

Spokesperson for the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Mohamed Gnounou, stressed on Thursday that Tripoli has reactivated old agreements with Turkey regarding military cooperation.

This came at a press conference held after a government meeting to discuss the developments in Tripoli.

The Libyan official pointed out that Tripoli has asked Turkey and other countries, which he did not name, for assistance on matters. No further details were revealed.

Gnounou explained that “Libya has reactivated old agreements with Turkey and also made demands on new matters.”

He added that the GNA has spared no effort in communicating with “countries that support it, and asked them to make all efforts to repel the attack of the forces of the dissident Major General, Khalifa Haftar, on Tripoli.”

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On 4 April UAE-backed Libyan strongman, General Khalifa Haftar, launched a military offensive against the capital Tripoli.

The UN-backed GNA which governs the city has since been calling on international players to help it respond to the attack.

General Khalifa Haftar taking over Libya - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

General Khalifa Haftar taking over Libya – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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