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UN registers Turkey-Libya maritime deal, Ankara says

Libyan Army forces seen as part of "Operation Peace Storm" - Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) against the forces Khalifa Haftar in Tripoli, Libya on March 27, 2020 [Amru Salahuddien / Anadolu Agency]
Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) forces in Tripoli, Libya on 27 March 2020 [Amru Salahuddien/Anadolu Agency]

The maritime demarcation agreement between Ankara and Libya’s internationally recognised government was registered by the United Nations, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said today.

Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) signed the maritime agreement, as well as a military cooperation deal, in November 2019.

“Our versatile relations based on 500 years of common history with Libya and our training, support and consultancy support to the UN-recognized Gov. of National Accord will continue,” Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Twitter.

Last September, Turkey also called Egypt to sign a maritime juristiction agreement to secure relations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Last year, The Turkish presidency said that the agreement will strengthen ties with the Tripoli-based government and empower Turkey in the Eastern Mediterrenean.

The Libyan-Turkish deal has been rejected by Egypt, Greece, Cyprus and France, who declared it “null and void”.

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