On Saturday, Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mayo has stressed that his country would like to cooperate with Turkey to work for lasting peace and political solution in Libya.\r\n\r\nDi Mayo's remarks came during a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlev Cawushoglu in Ankara.\r\n\r\nThe Italian Foreign Minister affirmed that freezing and exacerbating the conflict would lead to the division of the country, calling for ending the flow of arms, violating the United Nations arms embargo, as well as expelling mercenaries in Libyan territory.\r\n<h4>Italy and Libya<\/h4>\r\nItaly's foreign minister indicated that the<a href="https:\/\/see.news\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Libyan National Army (LNA<\/a>) forces continue to cause civilian casualties due to the bombs, explaining that Italy had assisted the GNA government by sending an Italian mine-clearing team from areas south of Tripoli.\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-133225" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/06\/08496150.jpg" alt="" width="838" height="468" \/>\r\n\r\nLibya has been in turmoil since 2011 when a NATO-backed uprising toppled leader Moammar Gadhafi, who was later killed.\r\n\r\nTurkey is implementing a military deployment to Libya to shore up the UN-backed government while Haftar is backed by Egypt, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.\r\n\r\nIn December 2019, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey signed two MoUs on defense and gas drilling eastern the Mediterranean. Turkey sent 1,500 officers and military experts to Libya to co-command the operations rooms of the GNA militias, and has been transporting arms by sea as well.\r\n\r\nThe Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) had reported that Turkey transported 15,000 Syrian mercenaries into Libya, including 300 minors aged between 14-18, and that the majority of them belong to Sultan Murad armed group. In addition, 1,800 mercenaries arrived to training camps in Turkey before they move to the North African state.\r\n\r\nIn January, the Libyan National Army (LNA) recovered Sirte from the militias protecting the GNA. Nevertheless, the Libyan Armed Forces lost Oqba bin Nafea airbase in Al Watiyah district western the country and Tarhouna town, and retreated from Tripoli's outskirts. Yet, the LNA has downed around 70 Turkish drones piloted from the capital's Mitiga Airbase.\r\n\r\nThe GNA is a non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations. It was formed as provided by the Skhirat Agreement signed in 2015 to be an interim government, and was supposed to dissolve after 1-2 years. Hence, it is considered unconstitutional, particularly it was not formed by elected House of Representatives based in Tobruk.\r\n\r\nIn 2015, Egypt launched airstrikes against the sites that were held by the Islamic State (IS) to avenge the murder of 21 Egyptian Christian expats.\r\n\r\nLibyan Minister of Foreign Affairs Al Hady Al Huweij \u2013 representing the Tobruk-based government \u2013 welcomed <a href="https:\/\/alqabas.com\/en\/article\/5781275-elsisi-any-egyptian-direct-intervention-in-libya-has-become-legitimate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Egypt's<\/a> call to hold an urgent Arab League meeting to discuss the Turkish aggression against the North African state.\r\n\r\nThe minister advocated the activation of the joint Arab defense, and the adoption of the Cairo Declaration underlining a political solution for the crisis.