Libya National Congress passes decision to break diplomatic relations with Turkey
The Libyan National Congress voted on 4th to pass a decision to break diplomatic relations with Turkey and refused to recognize the memorandum of understanding between the Libyan Government of National Unity and Turkey on the “maritime jurisdiction” of the Mediterranean .
The Libyan National Assembly spokesman Abdullah Ballig said in a statement that the National Congress unanimously voted to sever ties with Turkey, cancel security and military cooperation between Libya and Turkey, and refused to recognize the Government of National Unity and Turkey. Signed memorandum of understanding.
The statement said that the National Congress also voted to abolish the political agreement signed by Libyan opponents under the mediation of the United Nations in 2015 and called on the international community to withdraw recognition of the Libyan government of national unity.
On November 27 last year, the Libyan Government of National Unity and Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding on “Maritime Jurisdiction” in the Mediterranean. Turkish President Erdogan said in December that the Turkish government, at the request of the Libyan government of national unity, would send troops to Libya after it was authorized by the Turkish Parliament. On the 2nd of this month, the Turkish Parliament passed a bill authorizing the government to deploy troops to Libya.
Libya fell into turmoil after the Gaddafi regime was overthrown in 2011. Under the mediation of the United Nations, the Libyan opposing parties signed the Libyan Political Agreement in December 2015, agreeing to end the split and jointly form a government of national unity, but the agreement failed to be implemented.
At present, the two major forces in Libya are facing each other. The government of national unity and the armed forces supporting it control parts of the west, while the National Congress has allied with the National Army led by Haftar to control the east and central regions, major cities in the south, and some western cities. Since April 2019, the “National Army” has launched an offensive against Tripoli, fighting the national unity government forces that control the city.