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Libya’s new PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh to visit Turkey | Al Jazeera

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh and a delegation of ministers will make their first visit to Turkey on Monday since taking office last month, the Turkish presidency has said.

Libya’s new unity government was sworn in on March 15 from two warring administrations that had ruled eastern and western regions, completing a smooth transition of power after a decade of violent chaos.

Turkey had backed the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), which was supported by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

Turkey’s presidency said Dbeibeh will hold a two-day visit upon President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s invitation, adding that he and Erdogan would chair the first meeting of the Turkey-Libya High Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Ankara.

“At the council meeting to be held with the participation of relevant ministers, all aspects of Turkey-Libya relations, which have deeply-rooted, historic ties, will be discussed, steps that can be taken to further improve cooperation will be evaluated,” it said on Sunday.

Turkish state media reported that Dbeibeh would visit Ankara with a team including 14 ministers, five deputy prime ministers, the chief of staff and other officials. It added cooperation on energy and health would be discussed, along with the resumption of projects by Turkish companies that were stopped over the war.

Turkey has said that Turkish firms would take an active role in rebuilding the war-torn country.

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  1. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will visit Libyan Benghazi as part of a Greek delegation to hold talks with the deputy prime minister in the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU), Hussein Qatrani, a source in the GNU told Sputnik.

    "A delegation of the Greek government will visit Benghazi in eastern Libya tomorrow and hold talks with the deputy head of the Government of National Unity, Hussein Qatrani ... the delegation will include the minister of foreign affairs, the first aide to the president and the Greek ambassador to Libya," the source said.

    According to the source, the Greek delegation will discuss bilateral relations with Qatrani and announce the opening of a consular department of Greece in Benghazi.

    On Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accompanied by Dendias, visited the Libyan capital of Tripoli. During the visit, he proposed to the Libyan side to sign an agreement with Athens on maritime zones.

    Prior to the visit, the Greek embassy resumed work in the North African country....SPUTNIK

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