Libya and Türkiye are bolstering their strategic partnership, focusing primarily on economic, energy, and communication sectors. During a recent event in Istanbul, Walid Ammar al Lafi, the Libyan Minister of State for Communication and Political Affairs, underscored both nations' eagerness to solidify their enduring ties. The forthcoming economic summit in Tripoli is seen as a crucial step in this direction by both governments.
Joint Efforts Against Disinformation
As part of their collaboration, Libya and Türkiye are joining forces in the communication realm to combat disinformation, a move that is set to benefit their citizens. Despite encountering systematic campaigns against them—particularly Türkiye, given its influential role in the region—al Lafi expressed a desire to glean from Türkiye's experience to fortify Libyan public institutions and media capabilities.
The minister also touched on the issue of skewed communication platforms, citing the negative media portrayal during the Libyan civil war and the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
Deepening Ties Since 2019
Türkiye and Libya have grown increasingly closer since the signing of security and maritime boundary agreements in November 2019. These agreements included Türkiye's backing of the U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli against eastern-based forces led by Haftar—a support that was instrumental in achieving stability and forming a united Libyan government.
Türkiye has shown strong advocacy for Libyan elections that truly reflect the will of the Libyan people, aiming to establish a long-lasting, stable government. To this end, the Turkish Parliament is contemplating extending the mandate of Turkish troops in Libya, citing persistent regional risks and threats.
Significant Maritime Boundaries Deal
The partnership between Libya and Türkiye also includes a significant maritime boundaries deal that safeguards Libya's Mediterranean rights and defines Türkiye's western maritime borders. Moreover, in October 2022, the two countries inked a hydrocarbon drilling agreement to explore resources in Libya's exclusive economic zone and mainland, further deepening their strategic ties.