BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who is in Tripoli, said that his country “will do whatever is necessary for our Libyan brothers in accordance with President Erdogan’s instructions.”

In Libya, Akar met Libyan and Turkish soldiers at the Military and Security Training and Cooperation Center in the capital city.

Akar’s trip came as a surprise, as he reportedly arrived accompanied by the Turkish Chief of Staff on Friday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “The Turkish Minister of Defense is on a visit to Libya to continue the existing cooperation in closer coordination.”

Turkey has been the main backer of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, who are currently involved in a civil war with the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The GNA is reportedly preparing to storm the city of Sirte in north-central Libya, despite warnings from Egypt about advancing further east.

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