President Tayyip Erdogan reported on Friday that Turkey was annoyed by the news that Libya’s UN recognized Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, who is an ally, decided to leave next month and Ankara may organize discussions with his government on the issue in the upcoming week.
Indeed, Al-Sarraj declared on Wednesday his aim to quit by the end of October. This step could increase political tensions in Tripoli with the presence of new efforts to find a political solution to the country’s dispute.
Erdogan informed reporters in Istanbul: A development like this, hearing such news, has been upsetting for us, and he added that Turkish delegations may hold discussions with the government of Al-Sarraj in the next week. He also said: With these meetings, God willing we will turn this issue towards the direction it needs to go.
It should be noted that Al-Sarraj is the leader of the Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli, while Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) controlled eastern Libya and much of the south. His leave could conduct to infighting among senior GNA personalities.
The GNA of AL-Sarraj based on Tripoli has fought against a competitive administration in eastern Libya led by General Khalifa Haftar, whose attack against the capital was repelled previously this year.