Turkey: We are not seeking a confrontation with Egypt or France in Libya

Alwasat Staff Mon 20 Jul 2020, 09:07 PM
alwasat radio

Turkish presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said that his country "has no plan, intention or thinking to confront any country in Libya."

"When looking at this general scene, it becomes clear that we have no intention of confronting Egypt, France, or any other country there (in Libya)," according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency.

He declared Ankara's refusal to escalate the tension, saying: “We will continue to support the legitimate government’s right in Tripoli to defend itself.”

He pointed out that Turkey and the Government of National Accord (GNA) “are bound by a military cooperation agreement signed in December 2019. Within this framework, it provides Turkish support that achieved balance in Libya.” 

Adding: “When I talk to my counterparts in America and Europe, they admit this to us. We are seeking to resolve the crisis and advance the political process in accordance with the rules of the United Nations and the outputs of the Berlin Conference.”

He also accused Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, of "violating all the agreements, especially the Skhirat Agreement, by declaring in 2015 that he does not recognize it."

Kalin aslo noted, "the controversy surrounding the Sirte-Al-Jufra front in Libya must be evaluated within the context of the public landscape in Libya." He added: "Haftar forces have been continuing for some time to send reinforcements to the military base in Jufra, in violation of the Skhirat agreement."

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