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Will possible resignation of Al-Sarraj affect relations with Turkey?

Al-Monitor newspaper wrote an article with the title “Possible resignation of Libya’s PM raises questions over Ankara-Tripoli ties,” raising questions about the future of relations between Turkey and Libya, if the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, announces his resignation from his post, considering that this step may complicate previous bilateral agreements signed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The article says that the recent wave of protests in western Libya, in addition to the rift taking place within the Government of National Accord, has led to pressure on Sarraj, who is expected to announce his resignation this week and assume a caretaker role, after a Turkish military intervention helped tip the balance of reconciliation over the National Army after Siege that lasted 14 months.

Al-Sarraj’s possible resignation posed a threat to Turkish efforts to establish its presence after the signing of the controversial agreement in November 2019 between Erdogan and the President of the Presidential Council regarding the demarcation of the maritime borders between the two countries, which contributed to the increase in tensions in the region between Turkey and Greece, which demand these maritime areas while they are used.

This agreement is mainly for Ankara to conduct gas exploration activities in the disputed waters, which further complicates tensions between Turkey this time and several European countries.

The newspaper said if the news about Sarraj’s resignation is confirmed, this agreement, along with other points of cooperation between the two countries, may be spoiled due to the political turmoil in Libya regarding the Turkish role in the country, which is a sensitive position and will affect Turkey’s economic activity in Libya, according to Al-Monitor.

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