Iran has announced its support for the Turkish-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli.
The statement was made on Monday by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, during a visit to Istanbul. It was also the first time Turkey had hosted a foreign minister in months since the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are seeking to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis to end the civil war,” Zarif said. “We support the legitimate government in Libya, and it is capable of ending the ongoing war. We have common views with the Turkish side on how to end the crisis in Libya and Yemen,” he said. -he adds.
For his part, Cavusoglu reiterated Turkey’s opposition to US sanctions against Iran. “Iran’s stability and peace are important to us,” he said. “We oppose unilateral sanctions. In fact, the pandemic has taught us that the world needs greater cooperation and solidarity.”
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Yesterday Zarif left Istanbul for the Russian capital Moscow, where he met the country’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who reiterated Russia’s pledge to support Iran in its nuclear program. Lavrov also said that Ankara, Moscow and Tehran – which form the Astana trio – will hold a video conference to discuss Syria, followed by a summit in Tehran.
Iran’s support for the GNA differs from that of its Syrian ally, which is currently in an alliance with the Libyan government based in Tobruk. Despite the common position on Libya, Turkey and Iran support the opposing sides in the conflict in Syria.
Zarif’s visits to Turkey and Russia would be his second diplomatic trip after a visit to Syria last month to discuss bilateral relations amid the coronavirus pandemic and US sanctions against Syria, which have now come into effect.
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