By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 13 December 2017:
Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj has said he hopes the kidnapping of Turkish engineers in Obari will not prevent continued cooperation between Libya and Turkey, especially in the power sector.
He told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim the PC and its government was “deeply concerned” about the kidnappings and that everything was being done to find the men.
On 3 November, four engineers from Turkish construction company ENKA, three of them Turks, were kidnapped near the town’s airport. Nothing has been heard of them since. Less than a week later, the company pulled out all remaining 93 staff working on the new Obari power station. Germany’s Siemens had already pulled out its staff on the project.
Setting aside the concerns, Serraj today praised the decision by Turkey to reopen its Tripoli embassy and there was agreement that a joint committee should be set up to oversee the completion of existing Turkish construction projects in Libya and the creation of new ones.
According to a PC statement, the two men also discussed the possible resumption of Turkish Airways flights to Libya.
The two met on the sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul on the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.