BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – On Monday, Reuters quoted a Turkish source as saying that Ankara is in talks with the Libyan Government of National Accord in Tripoli about the use of the Al-Watiyah Airbase and the Misrata Naval base
According to the source, no final decisions have been made regarding the possible Turkish military use of the Misrata Naval Base and the Watiyah Airbase, which the GNA forces regained control of last month.
“Turkey’s use of these bases… is on the agenda,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that “it may also be possible for Turkey to use the Misrata Naval Base.”
These developments come days after the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, announced an initiative to solve the Libyan crisis.
One of its most important items was that the United Nations and the international community commit to removing foreign mercenaries from all Libyan lands, dismantling militias and handing over their weapons, so that the armed forces in cooperation with the security services can carry out its military and security responsibilities and tasks in the country.
The Egyptian-Turkish relations have been strained for years, and have intensified in recent months, as the conflict between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece on the one hand, and Turkey on the other hand, ignites over the oil reserves of the Mediterranean.
Egypt accuses the Turkish authorities of “continuing to take unilateral measures” that increase tension in the Mediterranean, against the backdrop of Ankara sending its ships to the northern Cyprus coast to explore for gas.
Furthermore, Ankara’s signing of a maritime border demarcation agreement with the Libyan Government of National Accord further also angered Egypt, which saw it as a threat to its interests in the Mediterranean.