Erdogan ‘uncomfortable’ with Libyan ally’s visits to France and Egypt – Middle East Monitor


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “is uncomfortable” with visits to France and Egypt by Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, Al-Quds Al-Araby reported Monday. Erdogan made his comments directly to Libyan officials, including Bashagha and the head of Libya’s high state council, Khalid Al-Mishri, whose latest remarks and positions are also disapproved of by the Turkish leader.
Apparently the president was angered by Bashagha’s visit to Paris where he met French ministers and signed a security deal with a local company. CNN Turkey also reported the issue, but did not provide further details on why Erdogan was upset by the visit to Egypt, other than it could “affect” the officials’ future positions.

Sources close to those involved said that a large number of Libyan government ministers of national agreement side with Erdogan on the Libyan issue. They stressed that what happened will not change the reality on the ground.

During his meeting, Erdogan suggested that France and Egypt try to exclude Turkey from the Libyan question by pushing Aqila Saleh as Khalifa Haftar’s successor.

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Bashagha, meanwhile, explained that his meeting with his French counterpart was “fruitful”, and that they discussed mutual security cooperation to stabilize the two countries and the region. During his visit to Cairo last month, he discussed with senior Egyptian officials “common challenges, strengthening security cooperation and pooling efforts to fight terrorism and crime.”

These developments are part of an “unprecedented” cooperation between France and Egypt on the crises in the Middle East. The French and Egyptian presidents enthusiastically support Marshal Haftar’s renegade.


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