Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country's intervention in Libya “greatly contributed to reviving hopes for a political solution in the country,” after the ceasefire agreement and the holding of the Dialogue Forum in Tunis.
In a video message he sent to the Halifax Forum for International Security, on Saturday, Erdogan claimed that "Turkey does not pursue an expansionist approach and does not interfere in the affairs of others," according to Turkish media reports.
The Turkish president pledged to continue standing by what he described as "Turkey's friends and brothers everywhere, starting with Syria, passing through Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and reaching the Caucasus."
Erdogan stressed that his country "will persistently continue its efforts to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and the equitable sharing of energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean."
The Turkish president’s statements come two days after his country organized a conference on reforming the security sector in Libya, as it was limited to the participation of one of the parties to the conflict alone, represented by the Minister of Defense of the Accord Government, Salah al-Din Al-Nimroush, in addition to Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya Stephanie Williams.
Speaking at the international conference on Libya, Akar stressed that Turkey's top priority is to ensure that the Libyan people govern themselves and to strengthen the country's territorial integrity and national unity.
Akar added that the Turkish presence in Libya was based on the call for help from the Government of National Accord to the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Algeria, Turkey and NATO.