Bilateral Relations between Turkey and Libya

Turkey has deep rooted relations with the Libyan people. Due to its historical and cultural bonds, Turkey attaches utmost importance to the security and welfare of the Libyan people.

Following the Revolution of 17 February 2011, Turkey recognized the National Transitional Council as the “sole representative of Libyan people”. Turkey has been the first country to appoint an Ambassador to Tripoli on 2 September 2011, after the full control of Tripoli by the National Transitional Council.

In line with the urgent priorities of Libya, Turkey has contributed to institution building efforts in Libya, particularly in the fields of security and economic recovery.

Due to the deteriorating security situation, Turkish Consulate General in Benghazi has temporarily been closed on 14 June 2014.

Turkish Embassy in Tripoli which also suspended its operations on 25 July 2014 due to security concerns resumed its services in January 2017.

Turkish Consulate in Misrata has continued its operations without interruption.

Turkey has welcomed the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement on 17 December 2015, which offers a clear framework for long-lasting peace and stability in Libya. Mr. Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, took part at the signing ceremony held in Skhirat, Morocco. Turkey supports the Government of National Accord in its endeavors to effectively implement the Libyan Political Agreement.

Mr. Sarraj, President of Libya Presidency Council visited Turkey twice in 2018 and made fruitful contacts with President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Mr. Çavuşoğlu paid an official visit to Tripoli on 22 December 2018 and expressed Turkey’s support to the UN-led political process and to the unity and territorial integrity of Libya.

Turkey engages directly with Libyans from all regions and encourages them to be constructive and to work collectively for successfully achieving reconciliation as soon as possible.

Maintaining close cooperation with the Libyan authorities, Turkey will continue assisting Libya in every field in coordination with the Government of National Accord. Turkey will also continue advocating political solution for a democratic, stable and prosperous Libya.

Useful Links

13 December 2015, Joint Communique of the Ministerial Meeting for Libya

17 December 2015, Press Release Regarding the Signing Ceremony of the Libyan Political Agreement

16 May 2016, Joint Communique of the Ministerial Meeting for Libya

30 May 2016, Press Release Regarding the Visit of Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu to Libya