The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the unfolding conflict in Libya which has taken a turn towards Turkey’s favor as Erdogan’s intervention in the conflict has now pushed Egypt to search for a diplomatic, power-sharing, solution to the brutal civil war.
Meanwhile Erdogan said Turkey would step-up its cooperation with the Tripoli based Sarraj government, to drill for natural resources in the EastMed based on an agreement on sea borders signed by Turkey and Libya last November, a move which draws Greece, Cyprus and Israel into the crowded and dangerous Libyan conflict.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on all Libyan parties to return to the dialogue table and unite their efforts to prevent any other country, primarily Russia, from interfering in their country.
Pompeo said during a press briefing held on Wednesday: “The time has come for all Libyans from all sides to act so that Russia or any other country cannot intervene and violate Libya’s sovereignty to achieve its gains.”
He praised the decision of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, and the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, to resume ceasefire negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations, considering it “a very good and positive first step.”
He stressed the need “to start urgent negotiations in good faith in order to ceasefire and to re-launch Libyan negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations.”
Pompeo said that “putting Libya on the path to economic recovery requires maintaining oil installations and ensuring strong access [of recognized authorities] to the National Oil Corporation.”
Russia and the United States alike recently welcomed Egyptian efforts to settle the conflict in Libya, especially the “Cairo Declaration” recently put forward by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Moscow has rejected the accusations leveled against it by Washington of interfering in Libya’s affairs, and has expressed interest in settling the Libyan conflict.
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