Turkey welcomes the opening of the strategic Misrata-Sirte coastal road, connecting the east to the west of Libya
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Denys Bédarride
Monday 2 August 2021 Last update on Monday, August 2, 2021 At 10:04 AM

The Turkish Foreign Ministry welcomed the opening of the strategic Misrata-Sirte coastal road, connecting the east to the west of Libya, closed since 2019. This emerges from a press release released on the 31st. July evening by Turkish Diplomacy.

The Turkish ministry said: “We are pleased to note that the efforts of the Presidential Council, the Government of National Union under the chairmanship of Abdelhamid Dbeibeh, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya and the Joint Military Commission 5+ 5 had a positive result ”.

And to add: “We hope that this step, able to facilitate the daily life of the Libyan people, will help to establish permanent stability, peace and prosperity in the country”.

Turkish Diplomacy hoped that this development of the situation could have a positive effect on the unification of security institutions and the army in Libya, under the aegis of a legitimate civilian administration.

“Turkey will continue to support the Libyan people and the Government of National Union in the context of a permanent ceasefire, the political process, and preparations for the next elections”, it is further noted, according to the same source.

On July 30, the Libyan Mixed Military Commission 5 + 5 announced the opening of the Misrata – Sirte coastal road, connecting the east to the west of the country. The announcement comes on the eve of the expiration of a deadline set by the Libyan army, – which ended on Saturday -, to communicate with the militia of retired General Khalifa Haftar, about the opening of this strategic route.

On June 20, the Libyan Presidential Council announced that it had tasked the Libyan Joint Military Commission 5 + 5 to coordinate between the two parties to the conflict with a view to ensuring the implementation of the full opening of the coastal road.

Libya, an oil-rich country, has experienced a political breakthrough in recent months. A government of National Union and a new Presidential Council took office on March 16, 2021, to lead the country to the legislative and presidential elections scheduled for December 24.

Source Anadolu Agency

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