World Turkey, Libya committed to eastern Mediterranean maritime accord
Libya PM urges parliament to back government
Libya's prime minister-designate urged lawmakers Tuesday to back his new government to help end a grinding civil war, denouncing a campaign he claimed sought to "destroy" the fragmented North African nation. Oil-rich Libya descended into chaos after dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising, resulting in multiple forces vying for power. "We have no choice but to come to an agreement, for the future of our children," interim premier Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said, to the applause of parliament, which is sitting in the central seaside city of Sirte.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey and Libya were committed to a 2019 maritime demarcation accord in the eastern Mediterranean, after meeting Libya's Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh in Ankara.
"The maritime accord signed between Turkey and Libya secures national interests and future of both countries...We confirmed our determination on this issue today," Erdogan said in a news conference.
EU's Michel vows support to Libya's interim government
European Council President Charles Michel offered support to Libya Sunday on a visit to Tripoli, as the North African nation seeks to end a decade of chaos following a NATO-backed 2011 revolt. "The European Union actively supports the process of national reconciliation," Michel said."We will work with the new government and support it," Michel said after meeting with interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who was selected in a UN-sponsored process to lead Libya to December 24 elections.
Libya's new unity government was sworn in on March 15 from two warring administrations that had ruled eastern and western regions, completing a smooth transition of power after a decade of violent chaos.
Turkey had backed the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), which was supported by Russia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and France.
Greece, which opposes the maritime agreement between Tripoli and Ankara, called for the accord to be cancelled, as it reopened its embassy in Libya after seven years.
Libyan Prime Minister Dbeibeh said agreements between the two countries, including the maritime demarcation agreement, are based on a valid framework.
Separately, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met Libya's alternative Prime Minister Hussein Atiya Abdul Hafeez Al-Qatrani in Benghazi and noted that Libya's parliament had not ratified the accord, which Greece considers has no legal force.
The set of meetings with the Libyan delegation also included discussions over concrete steps to improve investments, bilateral trade and economic relations Erdogan also said adding that Ankara will send 150,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Libya as part of a support against the outbreak.
(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara and Reuters Tripoli Newsroom; Additional reporting by James Mackenzie in Athens; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Chris Reese and Marguerita Choy)
Defense: Canada cancels arms sales in Turkey, its NATO ally, after an inquiry .
© Pixabay Defense: Canada cancels arms sales to Turkey, its NATO ally After an survey while Canadian technology used in drones was employed by Azerbaijan against Armenian forces at Nagorny Karabakh, Ottawa canceled arms sales in Turkey, its NATO ally. The Canadian survey also revealed that Turkey had used the equipment of drones for monitoring and targeting in Syria, and also shared it with Libya's interim government to use it in air strikes.