Bilateral Relations between Turkey and Libya / Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Recent exchanges between Turkey and Libya's Tobruk-based House of of Libya's main oil fields and forged strong relations with the HoR. ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's effort to play a role in resolving Libya's deepening conflict risks further damaging its strained relations with. Turkey has deep rooted relations with the Libyan people. Due to its historical and cultural bonds, Turkey attaches utmost importance to the security and welfare.
Projects worth more than 20 billion dollars have been undertaken by Turkish contracting and construction firms in Libya. In terms of volume of work undertaken by Turkish contractors abroad, Libya is the second market after Russia. Turkey is a Middle Eastern country whose security as well as stability and prosperity have become intimately tied up with developments in the Middle East.
Turkey is extending support and help to Libya in terms of security issues.
Bilateral Relations between Turkey and Libya
Turkey is the first country to start training of the Libyan Armed Forces. The first group of Libyan Army soldiers to be trained by a coalition of US and European Union countries has started undergoing a 14 week-long military training at the Isparta Domestic Security Training Centre near the city of Isparta in Western Turkey.
In terms of a defence and security cooperation agreement signed between Turkey and Libya in AprilTurkey will train nearly Libyan troops to rebuild the Libyan Army and strengthen national defence and security institutions which crumbled during the anti-Gaddafi revolution.
Turkey is also providing the Libya Police Force with specialization training in different areas. Turkey is ready to share its experience with Libya in such areas as justice, economy, planning and development.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who undertook an official visit to Turkey in the beginning of Januarydeclared that his country would soon acquire the T attack helicopter and Hurkus turboprop trainer from Turkish Aerospace Industries. Hurkus, an indigenously developed aircraft, is equipped for day and night flying, as well as for basic training, instrument flying, navigation training, and weapons and formation training.
Libya has also expressed interest in buying Turkish-made patrol boats for the Libyan coastguard. In terms of this agreement Turkey will continue to strengthen the Libyan military system and Libya will increase the amount of oil it provides to Turkey.
Turkish companies will be encouraged to start oil exploration in Libya. There will be no visa requirements between the two countries.
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The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated: The ruling party in Ankara, the Justice and Development Party, is one of the most important Muslim Brothers supporters. The role played during the Egyptian post-revolutionary period is well-known and it explains the attitude taken by Erdogan in Libya.
Turkey and Qatar economically backed Mursi in his effort to stabilize the country and the new government. Qatar allocated 4 billion dollars in credits and deposits, Turkey erogated a 1 billion dollars credit. The other Islamic countries only supplied the Egyptian Central Bank with deposits, in order to avoid a solvency crisis.
Qatar and the Muslim Brothers administration signed an agreement in which the Gulf monarchy committed to invest 18 billion dollars within 5 years. In July el-Sisi, chief of the armed forces, ousted Mursi and reached power. El-Sisi obtained massive financial aid from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE, using these resources for public investments and unemployment reduction.
Egyptian regime is now more stable than two years ago, and it is characterized by a strict connection between its military establishment and these three Gulf Cooperation Council countries. A coherent context presented in Libya, where the Turkish-Qatari axis supports Tripoli and some allied Islamist militias, while the Saudi-Egyptian coalition, including also Kuwait and United Arab Emirates, backs the Tobruk institutions.
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