Erdoğan: Turkey determined not to leave Libyan brothers

Turkey will not leave Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj alone, and it is "determined to provide as much support as it can," Turkish president said Friday. Speaking during a with German Chancellor in Istanbul, said, "We are determined not to leave alone during these difficult days."

"Turkey is determined not to leave Libyan "brothers" alone during these difficult days," Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in his speech during a with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

"Supporting Libya's Government of National Accord [GNA] is not an option, but an obligation pursuant to the UN Resolution 2259," Erdoğan said.

"We aim at boosting cooperation with Germany in fields of economy, trade, investment, energy, tourism," Erdoğan also said in a statement.

"Turkey and Germany are giving priority to the solution of problems through dialogue, urging the sides common sense and sanity," he added.

Merkel said: "Fragile cease-fire in Libya must be turned into a permanent one.

"Articles agreed at Berlin summit on Libya will be approved by the UN Security Council," she added.

TURKISH MILITARY IN LIBYA TO TRAIN PRO-SERRAJ FORCES
Turkish military personnel being sent to Libya are supporting and training forces of the internationally recognised government of Fayez al-Serraj, Erdoğan said.

Turkish leader also said countries which attended a Libya summit in Berlin on Sunday should not favour Serraj's opponent, Khalifa Haftar, after he left the meeting without signing a ceasefire deal.

On Jan. 12, parties in Libya announced a cease-fire in response to a joint call by the leaders of Turkey and Russia. But talks for a permanent cease-fire ended without an agreement after renegade commander Khalifa Haftar left Moscow without signing the deal.

On Sunday, Haftar accepted terms in Berlin to designate members to a UN-proposed military commission with five members from each side to monitor the implementation of the cease-fire.

Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the other in Tripoli, which enjoys the UN and international recognition.

Haftar's military offensive against the GNA has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people since April last year.

400,000 PEOPLE IN IDLIB MOVING TOWARDS TURKEY
Erdoğan said that around 400,000 people in Syria's northwestern Idlib province were moving towards the Turkish border as a result of renewed attacks by the Assad regime.

Turkish aid groups have begun building more than 10,000 houses in Idlib to shelter the growing number of people displaced by the fighting, while Turkey seeks to prevent a new influx of migrants across its border.

Erdoğan also added that Merkel told him that Germany could provide some support for the plans.

Turkish president said it is a "" of the EU and European countries to provide more and immediate assistance to Syrians.

Merkel, on her turn, said her country is ready to provide financial aid to improve the humanitarian situation of Syrians fleeing the conflict-hit province of Idlib.

She also said Germany could support the construction of shelters for civilians fleeing towards Turkey from Idlib.

Turkey and Russia agreed in September 2018 to turn Idlib, Syria into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Since then, more than 1,300 civilians there have been killed in attacks by the Bashar al-Assad regime and Russian forces as the cease-fire continued to be violated.

More than 1 million Syrians have moved near the Turkish border due to intense attacks over the last year.


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