Turkey says UN registers its maritime deal with Libya

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Istanbul, Oct. 2, 2020 (dpa/Naija247news) A maritime deal signed in 2019 between Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognised government has been registered by the United Nations, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Friday.

Turkey supports the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and in November signed agreements on military and security cooperation and maritime boundaries.

“Our deep ties with Libya based on over 500 years of history will continue to strengthen,” the Turkish ministry said on Twitter, pledging to “continue to provide training and advisory services” to Libya.

Ankara in June helped the GNA defend Tripoli and repel an attack by military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt.

Libya has been in turmoil since a 2011 revolt toppled long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

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