Libyan Government paid at least 12 billion US dollars to Turkey

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New details on a recent mission of high-level delegation of Turkish Officials in Libya have been revealed. The “Libya Review” says that Libya’s UN-backed government has recently deposited 4 billion US dollars in the Central Bank of Turkey. “Another 8 billion US dollars was deposited to pay for Turkey’s recent military intervention in Libya”.

The Libya Review said, adding that “Turkey has sent over 70 Turkish UAV drones to Libya, which cost over $5 million US dollars per unit, hundreds of Armoured vehicles (KIRPI) and thousands of Syrian mercenaries who are paid approximately $1500 US dollars a month”. The site also reported the Turkish news channel, TRT, quoting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying that Turkish Foreign exchange reserves are now above $93 million.

On Wednesday, the Turkish delegation – including the Foreign Minister MevlütÇavuşoğlu, Minister of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak, Turkish Ambassador to Libya SarhanAksan, Chief of Intelligence HakanFidan, and several senior officials in the Turkish Presidency and the government – met in Tripoli with the Prime Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez-Sarraj to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

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GNA’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Siala, Minister of Interiors Fathi Bashaga, Minister of Finance Faraj Atmari, the President of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah, and the Libyan Ambassador to the European Union HafedKaddour, also attended the meeting.

Officially, the discussions addressed ways of bringing Turkish companies back to work in Libya, in addition to cooperation and integration mechanisms in the areas of banking, infrastructure, and oil. The bilateral talks also reviewed the implementation of the security and military Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries last November, especially increasing GNA defense and security capabilities.

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