Italian defence minister to visit Turkey to discuss Libya developments


Italian Defence Minister is set to visit the capital city of Ankara on Tuesday to meet his Turkish counterpart to discuss the recent developments in war-torn Libya, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

Lorenzo Guerini’s trip to Ankara arrives as Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and Turkish Chief of General Staff General Yaşar Güler visit Libya to meet officials from the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Italy and Turkey put their weight behind Libya’s U.N.-recognized GNA, led by Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli. The GNA has been fighting a 15-month offensive by the Libyan National Army (LNA) to seize the capital. The LNA is backed by France, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Last month, Turkey and Italy vowed to continue working together for permanent peace and a political process that will bring about results in Libya during a meeting between the countries’ foreign ministers in Ankara.



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