Turkey says new details on Sirte and Jufra, delays oil exploration in Mediterranean

The Government of National Accord (GNA) does not trust Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and continues its preparations for a military operation in Sirte and Jufra, said Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

Speaking to CNN Turk, Kalin said that the GNA required the withdrawal of the Libyan National Army from its current locations to Benghazi, in order to reach a ceasefire agreement, indicating that the failure of this means the outbreak of fighting again.

The spokesman said Turkey was open to continue negotiations with Greece on the disputed areas in the Mediterranean, as he announced the postponement of excavations in the eastern Mediterranean, stressing Ankara’s readiness to engage in direct dialogue with Athens on all issues without preconditions.

Kalin said: “It is not possible to draw any energy map in the Mediterranean by ignoring Turkey and the possibility of conducting joint actions in the disputed areas in the Mediterranean.”

The director of the Department of Moral Guidance of the National Army, Brigadier Khalid Al Mahjoub, confirmed that any armed groups approaching the Sirte-Al-Jufra frontline as identified by the General Command, will be target to LNA forces, in reference to the approach of forces affiliated with the GNA supported by Turkey in recent days.


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