Egypt announced that the memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey contradicts with the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions on Libya, especially resolution 1970 of 2011, and allows the transfer of weapons to militias in the west of the country.
In a written message to the Security Council, Ambassador Mohamed Idris, Egypt’s permanent representative to the UN, added that Turkey-GNA MoU violates the Skhirat Agreement “signed on December 17, 2015, among the Libyan parties.
It is worth mentioning, that the deal had drawn criticism from Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, and the European Union.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said these countries’ objection will not affect the deal, saying it was a “sovereign right” to Turkey and Libya.
He added that the agreement will likely be approved by the Turkish parliament and come into force.
The Turkey-GNA deal would deepen the tension with Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt over oil-and-gas drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean, according to Asharq Al Awsat newspaper.
Ankara- GNA MoU includes exchanging experiences, training and planning support and equipment from the Turkish side to its Libyan counterpart, in addition to participating in military exercises, according to a document obtained by Sky News Arabia.
The two sides decided to grant, exchange and allocate military services as well as logistical cooperation, in addition to exchanging munitions, weapons systems, and military mechanisms.
The Turkish government and the government of Tripoli can also cooperate by exchanging experts and establishing contacts between security and military institutions, as well as participating in military exercises, including live ammunition exercises.
With regard to intelligence, the two sides commit to cooperate to counter national security threats, combat global terrorism and illegal immigration, and combat weapons of mass destruction.