Libya: Turkey

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 30th April 2020.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what further information they can provide on reports that Turkey flew F16 fighter jets over the Libyan coast in April; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any such intervention by Turkey in Libya’s civil war.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State, The Minister of State, Department for International Development

We are aware of recent reports of Turkish fighter jets flying over the Libyan coast. We remain concerned by Turkish military involvement in Libya, which risks further aggravating the conflict. We have expressed these concerns to the Turkish Government, as we have done to other external actors whose activity continues to fuel the conflict. We continue to call on sides to de-escalate, support a ceasefire and a return to UN-led political talks. The UK is clear that lasting peace and stability in Libya will come only through an inclusive political settlement.

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