Menfi asked Erdogan to withdraw mercenaries and military experts from Libya

Radio France Internationale revealed the details of the visit of the Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, a few days ago to Turkey, a visit that the Turkish presidency confined to saying was to enhance the deep relations between the two countries and was described by Anadolu news agency as a working visit to discuss several areas, while the Presidential Council did not reveal any details.

Radio France confirmed that the Libyan-Turkish talks dealt with the file of mercenaries deployed in Libya, who were sent by Ankara to support the outgoing Government of National Accord, and it was also agreed to re-examine the military and trade agreements signed by the two countries in recent years.

The website said that Menfi had formally requested Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to withdraw the Syrian mercenaries and military experts present in Tripoli.

According to Libyan government sources, the request was previously submitted to Turkish intelligence officials in Tripoli about 10 days before Menfi’s visit, and it was agreed at that time not to pay the salaries of mercenaries, contrary to the terms of the military agreement signed between Turkey and the outgoing government of Fayez al-Sarraj.

The French website indicated that Ankara is ready to reconsider the military deal if its economic interests are preserved, a point that the new authorities in Libya did not oppose to take advantage of a large share of gas in return for granting Turkey the right to extract this gas from the eastern Mediterranean.

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