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Turkey's role in Libya reconstruction 'important', insists official

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Libyan Government of National Unity Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh attend the signing ceremony between two countries at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey on April 12, 2021 [Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Libyan Government of National Unity Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh attend the signing ceremony between two countries at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey on April 12, 2021 [Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images]

It is important to implement the cooperation agreements signed between Libya and Turkey regarding the reconstruction of the war torn country, a Libyan official announced yesterday.

The undersecretary of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Issa, told reporters that the return and the resumption of operations of Turkish companies would "significantly contribute to Libya's reconstruction."

Issa's remarks came following a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador to Libya, Kenan Yilmaz, in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

On his part, Yilmaz said his country was "ready to work on strengthening mutual relations with Libya."

Turkey has long enjoyed distinguished relations with the internationally-accredited Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) in various fields. This authority was replaced by the Libyan Transitional Government which is due to step down after elections are held in late December.

On 12 April, Ankara and Tripoli concluded five multi-sectoral agreements to strengthen mutual ties.

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