Turkish defence minister and chief of staff arrive in Libyan capital
Ahram Online, , Friday 3 Jul 2020

The Turkish defence minister chief of staff arrived in Tripoli on Friday, Al-Arabiya correspondent reported.

According to Turkish media, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and the Chief of the General Staff Yasar Guler are in Libya to discuss activities carried out within the scope of the "memorandum of understanding on security and military cooperation,” which was signed last year.

The African Intelligence website, which specialises in intelligence and strategic affairs, revealed Turkey's intention to impose its candidate, Khaled Al-Sharif, to take over as head of intelligence in the Fayez Al-Sarraj government.

Ankara is pushing hard for the appointment of Al-Sharif, a leader in what is known as "the fighting group" close to Al Qaeda, as the intelligence chief.

Extremist groups are also trying to field candidates for the post, including special operations commander in Zintan, Emad Trabelsi, and Misurata businessman Mohamed Al-Issawi.