The Libyan Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Muhammad Al-Haddad, met with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar to strengthen military cooperation between the two sides, while the two parties to the conflict intend to work on approving a unified state budget as part of their efforts to settle the crisis.
In a statement issued Thursday, the “Burkan of Anger” process said that the Chief of Staff of the Army Lieutenant General Muhammad Al-Haddad met in Ankara with the Turkish Defense Minister and Chief of Staff Yasar Guler, and discussed with them developments in his country.
The statement added that the Chief of Staff of the Government of National Accord discussed with the Turkish side the strengthening of training and military and security consulting activities in Libya, within the framework of the agreements between the two countries.
In the same context, the Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Accord, Fathi Bashagha, discussed with his Italian counterpart Luciana Lamorghese the establishment of a joint room between the two countries to combat irregular migration and the resulting problems for the countries of the Mediterranean basin.
During a meeting in the capital, Rome, the two parties discussed strengthening security cooperation and training Libyan security cadres in the field of coastal security, police aviation and drones, to combat immigration to monitor the Libyan borders and coasts.
The Italian minister considered that the issue of irregular migration in the Mediterranean basin is one of the priorities of the European Union, which requires the support of the Libyan side by establishing a joint room to monitor the Libyan coasts and the movement of migrants.
For his part, Ahmed Maitiq, Vice President of the Government of National Accord, said that the two parties to the conflict will soon begin work on drawing up a unified budget for the state as part of efforts to reach an agreement between them.
He added that today they are looking forward to unifying the budget, in order to unify the spending channels.
Maitiq and retired Major General Khalifa Haftar last September concluded an agreement to end the blockade imposed by Haftar’s forces on the oil fields. The agreement provides for a review of how revenue will be shared between the two sides.
Kidnapping and protest
On the human rights side, the Libyan Center for Freedom of the Press condemned what it described as the kidnapping of the head of the Libyan Media Foundation of the Government of National Accord, Muhammad Omar Baiyou, and demanded his release and follow the legal path.
An armed force had arrested Bayou and the director of Libya Sports Channel, Tariq Al-Qazzi, against the backdrop of controversial decisions issued by Ayyou, which the force considered insulting to the “Volcano of Anger” operation.
The center’s statement also called on the Presidential Council to reconsider naming Ba’ayo as head of the Libyan Media Foundation.
The center called for relying on the appointment of experts in the media sector to work on administrative reforms and re-governance of the Libyan media sector, away from the political disputes and interference to impose any agenda.
In Tripoli, for the second week, the protests continued in the vicinity of the headquarters of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord, calling for the release of detainees from the east of the country.
The families of the detainees called on the President of the Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, to intervene to release their relatives, and to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of their detention.
The protesters raised banners denouncing what they described as the ill-treatment of their detained sons and their denial of the necessary nutrition or treatment, in addition to preventing family visits from them.
They also called on international human rights organizations to exert pressure on the security and judicial agencies in Libya to improve conditions for detaining prisoners and provide them with fair trials.