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Ankara says agreements were signed when President Erdogan met Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Istanbul.



Turkey and Libya on Wednesday signed two agreements on security and military cooperation and restriction of marine jurisdictions, Turkish authorities said.

Memorandums of understanding were signed after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a closed meeting with the internationally-recognised government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported quoting the Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate.

The move comes as Tripoli, the seat of the Government of National Accord (GNA), has been battling forces backed by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar.

More than 1,000 people have been killed since April when Haftar's eastern-based, self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive to seize Tripoli.

The interior, defence and foreign affairs of the two countries were also present and held talks during the visit.

Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha told local media that the memorandum of understanding on security signed between the two countries was aimed at maintaining security in Libya and protecting the country's sovereignty.

He added that the deal also sought to strengthen the government's capacity to combat "terrorism", irregular migration and crime, as well as developing its security and training systems.

The agreement called for an immediate cease of military operations near Libyan oil fields, in order to protect personnel and installations.

Oilfield shut after attack
The Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah, said on Wednesday that they shut down El Feel oilfield after a warplane bombed its gates and employees' residential compound.

He added that all the employees were transferred to safe places.

The Libyan official said that production will remain suspended until the cease of military operations and the withdrawal of all military personnel.

Libya has been split between the internationally-recognised government based in Tripoli and a rival government operating from the eastern city of Tobruk since the 2014 disputed elections.

Libya descended into chaos three years after longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in a NATO-backed uprising.

International efforts to broker a deal have so far stalled as the parliament of the Tobruk government has blocked efforts to organise new elections because it wants a senior role for the renegade commander Haftar.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES - https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019...y-maritime-jurisdictions-191128070513292.html

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Turkey signs maritime boundaries deal with Libya amid exploration row

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Libya’s internationally recognized government and Turkey have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea that could complicate Ankara’s disputes over energy exploration with other countries.

The Turkish government, which announced the accord and a deal on expanded security and military cooperation on Thursday, provided few details.

It did not say where the Turkish and Libyan maritime boundaries met but Turkish drilling in the eastern Mediterranean has angered Greek Cypriots, Athens and the European Union.

EU foreign ministers agreed economic sanctions against Turkey two weeks ago to punish it for drilling near the coast of Cyprus in violation of a maritime economic zone established off the divided island.

The dispute pits Turkey against Greece, Cyprus and other eastern Mediterranean states that have agreed maritime and economic zones, leaving Ankara searching for allies in the region.

The new agreements were signed at a meeting in Istanbul on Wednesday between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Fayez al-Serraj, the head of the Tripoli-based government which Ankara is backing against a rival military force based in eastern Libya.


“This means protecting Turkey’s rights deriving from international law,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said of the memorandum of understanding on the “delimitation of maritime jurisdictions”.

He said that such accords could be agreed with other countries if differences could be overcome and that Ankara was in favor of “fair sharing” of resources, including off Cyprus.

“We are ready to do this working together with everyone, but if countries do not favor this that is their own preference.”

The internationally recognized government in Tripoli confirmed the new agreements but gave no details.


The government in eastern Libya, where rival political factions have been based since 2014, said the maritime accord was “illegitimate”.

The foreign affairs committee of the eastern-based parliament called it “a flagrant violation of Libya’s security and sovereignty” and a threat to “peace and security in the Mediterranean sea”.

MILITARY COOPERATION
The Turkish presidency’s communications director Fahrettin Altun said in a tweet early on Thursday Ankara was confident that the military cooperation deal would improve security for Libyans.

“The agreement establishes training and education, structures the legal framework, and strengthens the ties between our militaries,” he said. “We will also continue advocating for a political solution to build a democratic, stable and prosperous Libya.”

Libya has been divided since 2014 into rival military and political camps based in the capital Tripoli and the east. Serraj’s government is in conflict with forces led by Khalifa Haftar based in eastern Libya.

Haftar controls most of Libya’s oil fields and facilities but oil revenues are controlled by the central bank in Tripoli. The competing military alliances are also battling on the outskirts of the capital.

In June, Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) said they had cut all ties with Turkey and that all Turkish commercial flights or ship trying to access Libya would be treated as hostile.

Diplomats say Ankara has supplied drones and trucks to Serraj, while the LNA received support from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

link: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...time-zones-in-the-mediterranean-idUSKBN1Y213I

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Turkey aims to protect its rights with Libya maritime deal: minister


ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s maritime boundaries agreement with Libya is aimed at protecting Ankara’s rights under international law, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, a day after the deal was signed in Istanbul.

At a news conference, he said Turkey had been unable to agree such deals with some other countries but could do so in the future. [nL8N2880W2]

The accord could further complicate disputes over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean where Turkish drilling has angered Greek Cypriots, Athens and the European Union.

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Agreements on the Mediterranean will continue
28.11.2019 15:38

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that Turkey has signed agreement with Libya on the Mediterranean maritime jurisdiction areas. He also said that, "thereafter, Turkey would make such talks with countries around the eastern med if conditions will be quite appropriate."

https://www.aydinlik.com.tr/libya-ile-imzalanan-mutabakatin-devami-gelecek-turkiye-kasim-2019
 

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Libya have secured ther EEZ from Greece and ther partners:-). So in the futre if ther is a gasfields will be of Libya, and they can go claim ther boundary for ther fisheries.
 

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Turkish/Libya deal on EEZ!

Turkey has secured the Western EEZ border to rule 189000km2 in E.Med.
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Libya gained 38000km2 more EEZ but Haftar objects to this deal.
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Turkish deal provides Egypt to gain 26500km2 more but Sisi objects to deal.
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Those hired guys don’t represent the benefits of their public. Now, think about them to realise who they are serving.
 

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In total over 60.000km² are given to Cyprus and Greece only for the reason to lock up Turkey.
Egyptians and Libyans who support this madness lost their mind, i'm sure vast majority of the population doesn't even know about it.

Now we have to get Lebanon on board and it's time to build a Naval/Air Force base on Cyprus.

Wouldn't it be possible to end this disputes if we offer Israel to build it's pipeline over TRNC to Turkey? (since Turkey announced to build a gaspipeline to TRNC)
 

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Turkish/Libya deal on EEZ!

Turkey has secured the Western EEZ border to rule 189000km2 in E.Med.
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Libya gained 38000km2 more EEZ but Haftar objects to this deal.
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Turkish deal provides Egypt to gain 26500km2 more but Sisi objects to deal.
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Those hired guys don’t represent the benefits of their public. Now, think about them to realise who they are serving.
How good is a billion km^2 if you can't exploit them due to international disputes. Tell me Egypt is already exploiting eez can the same be said about turkey's grand eez.

The deal is illegal due to the fact that sarraj doesn't have the authority to sign such deals so good luck with that the man barely control the capital and nothing else and that's why he signed the deal.
 

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How good is a billion km^2 if you can't exploit them due to international disputes. Tell me Egypt is already exploiting eez can the same be said about turkey's grand eez.

The deal is illegal due to the fact that sarraj doesn't have the authority to sign such deals so good luck with that the man barely control the capital and nothing else and that's why he signed the deal.
Why did Egypt sign a deal with Cyprus that gave up huge areas to Cyprus? Surely Egypt as the dominant country you should have got more, but Egypt gave in to Cyprus.

You should be working with Turkey, Lebanon & Libya, not cosying up to Israel & Greece.

Also Gaza has an EEZ but it is being controlled by Israel. Why doesn’t Egypt act as a guarantor and safeguard Gaza’s gas reserves from Israeli theft.
 

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Why did Egypt sign a deal with Cyprus that gave up huge areas to Cyprus? Surely Egypt as the dominant country you should have got more, but Egypt gave in to Cyprus.

You should be working with Turkey, Lebanon & Libya, not cosying up to Israel & Greece.

Also Gaza has an EEZ but it is being controlled by Israel. Why doesn’t Egypt act as a guarantor and safeguard Gaza’s gas reserves from Israeli theft.
There are international treaties that govern the split of the international waters into different eez Egypt treaty with Cyprus and the Greeks is fair and compliant with international treaties. Egypt could lay claim to the entirety of the east but will gain nothing as no one will recognise that and a risk of war will keep the waters undeveloped plus ofcourse sanctions loss of face internationally and a waste of time. To be honest the Gaza issue is a mine field if we move in will be called thieves trying to steal Gazan riches if we didn't we are not helping our brothers it's a lose lose equation so better stay out of it atleast until the plastenians solve their internal split.
 

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