Aguila Saleh, the Head of Libya’s Parliament, which backs Haftar’s LNA, launched a regional tour to garner support for the Tobruk government’s position after the Tripoli-based GNA signed two strategic agreements with Turkey in late November – one relating to maritime borders and economic exploration zones, and the other to increasing defence cooperation between the two countries.
Saleh went to Cairo to meet with the president of the Arab parliament, Mishaal Bin Fahm al-Salami. The two discussed ways to prevent expected repercussions from these agreements. One such method discussed was for the Arab countries and international community to withdraw their support for the GNA.
Salami stressed that the crisis in Libya must be solved through dialogue by Libyans, and called on external actors to cease their interference.
Saleh rejected the maritime agreement with Turkey, noting the two “do not have common maritime boundaries” and added that a range of other countries sit between the two, “as stipulated in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”