Erdogan and Draghi Committed to Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi affirmed their strong commitment to Libya’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, national unity, and the holding of free and fair elections.

This came in a joint statement, according to a report by Libya Al-Ahrar, after the third government summit between Ankara and Rome, which was held at the Presidential complex in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

The two sides stressed the importance of holding free and fair Presidential and Parliamentary elections as soon as possible, rejecting any unilateral measures that could lead to violence or greater divisions in the country.

In response to a question about President Erdogan’s views on Libya, Draghi said that stability and peace in Libya were among the priorities for both Italy and Turkey, and that the two countries have common perspective and common goals. He said both leaders had agreed to do everything in their power to restore peace and stability to Libya.

Both Turkey and Italy have currently military presence in western Libya.