Al-Sarraj meets with Turkey’s FM, requests a joint investigation into Turkey’s arms shipment

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, received Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, whom arrived Saturday morning in Libya on an official visit.

According to a statement by GNA’s Media Office, the meeting dealt with a number of issues of common concern, as well as recent developments in the Libyan political scene.

During the meeting, Al-Sarraj raised the issue of the shipment of weapons seized at Khoms port five days ago.

Al-Sarraj informed the Turkish minister of his “deep concern” regarding the shipment of weapons seized in the past five days in the port of Khoms coming from Turkey, “stressing the need to reveal the truth of the matter and who was behind the act.”

For his part, Çavuşoğlu “expressed his understanding” of Al-Sarraj’s position and “stressed that the Turkish government rejects these acts, which do not represent the policy or approach of the Turkish state.”

The Tripoli-based government also stated that the two sides “agreed to open an urgent joint investigation to discuss the circumstances of the incident and uncover those involved.”

Customs members of the port of Khoms seized last Tuesday a container coming from Turkey loaded with weapons and ammunition, including was 3,000 9-mm guns, 120 Beretta guns, 400 hunting rifles and 2.3 million bullets.

The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) called on the United Nations Security Council to investigate the incident which constitutes a violation of the Security Council’s resolutions.

LNA calls on UN Security Council to investigate the shipment of weapons seized at Khoms port