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Libya’s government pays $12 billion to Turkey for military protection

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 22, 2020
Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) paid $12 billion in financial assistance to Turkey for its support during a military conflict in the North African country, Middle East Online reported.
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Some $4 billion of the cash was paid to Turkey’s central bank, the website said, citing a report by Libya Review on Sunday.

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Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of the United Nations-recognised GNA in Tripoli met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Wednesday to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation.

Turkish and GNA officials discussed how Turkey could help in energy exploration and operations, including cooperation "on every imaginable project" to help resources reach global markets, a senior Turkish official said, according to Middle East Online.

Turkey is the GNA’s main backer against opposition forces in Libya’s east, which are supported by Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Last week, the latter threatened a possible military intervention should the GNA go through with plans to attack the city of Sirte, a key hub for Libya’s mineral wealth located on the Mediterranean Sea.