Turkey uses UN assistance to free detained nationals in Libya

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has held constitutions with the United Nations in an attempt to help release two Turkish nationals; Mehmet Demir and Volkan Altınok, who were allegedly detained last May in south of Tripoli by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu assured Daily Sabah Sunday that initiatives started on every level for the Turkish citizens, who were working in a restaurant in the Qasr Benghashir region, to be freed.

Çavuşoğlu added that direct phone calls with the two citizens were realized and their families were informed on the developments.

Çavuşoğlu said, regarding the political development in Libya, that Turkey recognizes the Government of National Accord (GNA) as a legal government that was formed by the UN-brokered Skhirat agreement.

Sources from the Turkish Foreign Ministry said last July that the LNA had released six Turks after being briefly detained.

At the time, the Turkish Defense Ministry denied that there were military personnel among the Turkish nationals who got released from Libya, saying circulating such fake news is an attempt by foreign powers to harm Turkey.


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