A delegation representing Haftar’s Tobruk-based government flew to Damascus last week, where they met with government officials and with Syrian president Assad. The delegates concluded the meeting by signing an MOU comprising agreements on 46 areas of cooperation and coordination, including the reopening of the Libyan embassy in Damascus. The sides also agreed to coordinate on common challenges like terrorism, maintaining their sovereignty and independence in the face of foreign interference, and especially the challenge posed by “Turkish aggression”.
The Tobruk delegation invited Damascus to open a consulate in Benghazi. The UN-recognised Tripoli government expressed its opposition to the illegal handover of the Damascus embassy to the eastern Tobruk government.
Syria joins much of the Arab world in recognising Haftar and the Tobruk government over the Tripoli-based GNA, who is aligned primarily with Turkey and Qatar. Turkey acting as a main backer for the Syrian opposition militias plays a key role in this development.