Turkey hails Libya’s unity govt’s move to Tripoli

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 14, 2016
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A statement from the Turkish foreign ministry late Tuesday greeted Libya’s UN-backed unity government as it moved into its new headquarters in the country’s capital.

“We welcome Libya’s unity government’s move into the government building in Tripoli,” the statement said.

Turkey will continue to “strongly” support Libya’s territorial integrity and national unity, it added.

The fledgling government held its first meeting Monday that was attended by top government officials, including Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

Meanwhile, personnel from various ministries, including defense and foreign affairs, also moved into the new headquarters in the capital.

Libya has largely remained in turmoil since 2011, when a bloody uprising ended with the ouster and death of longtime strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Following Gaddafi’s departure, the country’s stark political divisions yielded two rival seats of government — one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli.

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