Cairo raises its voice to defend its eastern Libyan turf against Ankara
Egypt's spy chief went to Benghazi on 12 October to try to dissuade the Haftar clan from getting closer to Turkish companies amid Ankara's growing economic offensive.
The renewed fighting between Abdelhamid Dabaiba and Fathi Bachagha's respective camps on 27 and 28 August in Tripoli showed the limits of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's balancing act. The Turkish president has been trying to mediate between the sparring factions while looking after his own troops on the ground.
The Turkish president wants to host a meeting between the speaker of the Libyan House Of Representatives, Aguila Salah Issa, and the chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri, along with representatives of the main countries involved in the crisis on 21 July.
The speaker of the East Libyan House of Representatives, beacon of Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha's political alliance, hopes to travel to Turkey soon and is in talks with the chairman of the High Council of State, who changed political colours in February.
Italy is keeping a close eye on militia movements in Libya in order to anticipate threats to its oil exports. It had to this end sent a defence ministry delegation to Tripoli two days before Fathi Bachagha's attempt to enter the city and oust the prime minister.
The investor services company and the private security group have set up a small, secure residence in the Libyan capital. In the longer term, their joint venture Xenia aims to manage secure compounds and base camps.
Turkey, which last week played host to representatives of the Libyan prime minister-designate Fathi Bashagha, intends to wield its influence on the outgoing head of government Abdelhamid Dabaiba to pressure him to seek a negotiated solution.
Appointed by the House of Representatives in Tobruk and allied with the strongman of the east, Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Fathi Bachagha is trying to convince Turkey to withdraw its support for Abdelhamid Dabaiba, who refuses to give up his position.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powerful spy chief is pushing ahead with his fast-paced overhaul of MIT, Turkey's sole intelligence body, which has been methodically encroaching on the country's military and diplomatic corps's turf. But the intelligence chief is also looking out for his own political aspirations, much to the distaste of the president and his closest allies.