(Reuters) – Libya’s self-declared prime minister, who runs a rival government not recognized by the international community, met a Turkish envoy on Tuesday, in the first publicly known diplomatic meeting with a foreign representative.
Libya has had two governments and parliaments competing for legitimacy since an armed group seized Tripoli in August. Omar al-Hasi, an Islamist, set up his own cabinet in the capital and forced the internationally recognized prime minister, Abdullah Thinni, to move to the east of the country
Western powers and Libya’s neighbors worry the conflict will turn the North African country into a failed state or even spark civil war as former rebels who helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 now fight for control.
Hasi met Turkey’s special envoy for Libya, Emrullah Isler, in Tripoli, Hasi’s government said on its website. It showed a picture of the meeting in the prime minister’s office, which had been previously used by Thinni.
The United Nations and Western powers have tried to bring both sides to the negotiating table to end the country’s chaos but have avoided recognizing or dealing publicly with Hasi, who was elected by the rival assembly in Tripoli.
Several high-profile foreign officials, among them U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, visited Tripoli and Tobruk this month but none it publicly know to have met Hasi…
No surprise that interfering, batsh*t crazy Islamist Turkish government representatives met him. Our ally in NATO.