Turkish Parliament, Libya's Presidential Council endorse maritime MoU

Turkish Parliament, Libya's Presidential Council endorse maritime MoU

December 05, 2019 - 20:38
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Turkish Parliament has endorsed the MoU in maritime cooperation with Libya, thus allowing the deal to be effective between the two countries, Anadolu Agency reported.

Prior to the endorsement, the Turkish parliament’s foreign affairs committee endorsed Thursday afternoon the MoU of cooperation in maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean reached between Turkey and Libya’s Presidential Council's government.

The committee approved the agreement which would give Turkey access to an economic zone across the Mediterranean, paving the way for the final vote that was made by the parliament’s general assembly.

Sources close to the Presidential Council said the government endorsed the MoUs with Turkey in a meeting held in Tripoli on Wednesday.

The Head of the Libyan High Council of State Khalid Al-Mishri reiterated that the signing of the MoUs was legitimate as per the political agreement signed in Skhirat in December 2017.

Al-Mishri told TRT Arabi on Wednesday that he was happy to see the economic resources return to Libya, saying Libya is entitled to benefiting from oil and gas resources despite some countries' attempts to deny Turkey and Libya such a given right.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in London that this agreement with Libya will achieve its aims as long as the legitimate government in Libya is stable and strong.

He said Egypt and Greece as well as the Greek administration in Cyprus and Israel were all angry with the MoU with Libya, trying to make the EU take action against it.

"The issue was brought to discussion by Germany and France in the summit of four in London and I commented. There are some parties trying to tell lies that the agreement doesn't comply with international laws, which is wrong, the agreement complies with international maritime laws." Erdogan indicated.