Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed on Thursday, that his country continues to "provide everything it has to stabilize Libya by providing support to the legitimate government" in reference to the Government of National Accord (GNA), considering the Turkish presence in Libya as "legitimate" and aims to protect "our Libyan brothers rights."
"We are in Libya to protect the rights of our Libyan brothers in the name of humanity, our culture and our common history that extends for about 500 years," Akar was quoted by Turkish channel TRT, adding: "our presence in Libya is legitimate."
Regarding the incident with the French ship, Akar said: "We have provided all the records and photos to the responsible authorities in NATO that prove that our ships did not violate rules at sea."
On June 17, France announced that a French ship involved in a NATO mission in the Mediterranean was recently subjected to "extremely aggressive" action by Turkish boats. A day later, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced an investigation into the incident.