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Turkey’s Role in the Reconstruction of Libya

The relationship between Turkey and Libya is deeply rooted in common history and culture which provides strong foundations for a strategic alliance. The maritime and security agreements signed between the two countries in November 2019 allowed for Turkey to provide a timely and decisive support for the legitimate Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya to counter and defeat a deadly military attack on the capital Tripoli to regress Libya back to military rule spearheaded by Haftar and his regional/international backers. The Libyan people have a second chance since their revolution of 2011 to complete a turbulent transition and lay foundations for their desire for a constitutional democratic state. Turkey is placed today to be the strategic partner to help Libyans achieve this goal. Turkish strategic relationship and cooperation with Libya over the coming decades should be holistic to help with reaching lasting peace as well as institution and state building. Help can also cover reconstruction across all sectors including security services reform, energy, transport, healthcare, housing, and infrastructure.

Turkey s Role in the Reconstruction of Libya
 

 

Turkey and Libya share deep rooted historical, religious, and cultural ties that go back 470 years (since 1551) when the Ottomans helped the people of Tripoli to liberate themselves from the Knights of St. John from Malta who were occupying the West of Libya. Both countries are located on the Mediterranean Sea with shared maritime area rights as proven by the Maritime agreement signed in November 2019.

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