Members of Libya's High Council of State reject hydrocarbons deal with Turkey

Xinhua , Tuesday 4 Oct 2022

The statement demanded the High Council of State, the House of Representatives (parliament), and the country's political actors to object to the "political absurdity," referring to the ambiguous terms and objectives stipulated in the MoU.

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Libya s High Council of State headed by Khalid Al-Mishri.

Members of the Libyan High Council of State on Tuesday announced their objection to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on oil and gas signed between Turkey and the Libyan Government of National Unity on Monday.

"We denounce the memorandum of understanding between the government of (Prime Minister) Dbeibah and Turkey's government on oil investment," 73 members of the council said in a joint statement.

The statement came one day after a high-level Turkish delegation paid a visit to Tripoli and signed an MoU with the Libyan Government of National Unity that allows Turkey to explore oil and gas fields in some areas of the eastern Mediterranean.

In the statement, the council members also rejected the Turkish "opportunistic policy."

The House of Representatives on Monday rejected the MoU, claiming that the Government of National Unity doesn't have authority to sign international agreements "as it has legally expired."

"The Speaker of the House of Representatives confirms that any MoU, treaty, or agreement signed by the expired government is not binding to Libya and the Libyan people," Parliament Spokesman Abdullah Blehig said in a statement.

Moreover, the government that was appointed by the parliament to replace the current Government of National Unity also rejected the MoU on Monday, confirming that it would resort to the law to solve the "tampering with the interests of Libya."

In February, the parliament appointed a new government led by the former interior minister Fathi Bashagha to replace the Tripoli-based Government of National Unity headed by Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah.

However, Dbeibah refuses to hand over power, saying his government would continue to work and only hand over office to an elected government.

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