FM Çavuşoğlu meets Libyan officials in Ankara

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Ramadan Abu Janah met in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Wednesday for talks.

“Assessed recent developments and the electoral process in Libya,” Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter, without giving further details about the closed-door meeting.

Oil-rich Libya has remained in turmoil since 2011, when longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted after four decades in power.

For lasting stability in Libya, Türkiye believes it is crucial that free, fair and national elections are held as soon as possible, in accordance with the aspirations of the Libyan people.

Last week, the capital Tripoli saw deadly clashes between forces supporting Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh and those loyal to his rival Fathi Bashagha, who was appointed prime minister by the Tobruk-based parliament.

The violence, the worst since a ceasefire was secured in 2020, came amid the military buildup of forces affiliated with Dbeibeh and Bashagha, as the two figures claim power and authority in the country from North Africa.

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