Libya’s GNA Prime Minister visits Turkey

The Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj, arrived Wednesday in Ankara, Turkey to meet with the Turkish counterpart and other officials.

According to the Presidential Council’s media office, the visit was based on an invitation by the Turkish government.

Al-Serraj and the Turkish PM are going to discuss the joint interests and cooperation on economic and political levels to help Libya break the current political impasse.

Turkey reopened its Embassy in Libya’s capital last month in a step aimed at restoring relations and providing support for the fragile GNA in Tripoli.

Speaking at a joint news conference with al-Sarraj, the Turkish premier said the two countries were determined to boost bilateral relations.

“It has been decided that a mutual commission will be set up to accelerate infrastructure investments in Libya,” he said. “This commission, which will be formed within the Economy Ministry, will discuss the situation of 300 [Turkish] companies that have done business in Libya in the past.”

Turkey has reopened its embassy in Libya, 2-1/2 years after closing it due to the security situation, the Turkish foreign ministry said, as diplomatic missions begin to reopen in the divided country.

The embassy has been closed since July 2014 but preparations to reopen the mission had been supervised in recent months by Turkey’s ambassador to Libya, Ahmet Aydın, who until now had been based in Tunis.