Wednesday 15 January 2020
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed on Wednesday that his country is striving to end the violence in Libya, as well as in the Syrian city of Idlib.
“Libya is our neighbor from the sea, and it is not possible for us to remain indifferent to what is happening with it while other countries not neighboring it, such as Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, are present in it,” he said at a meeting in Ankara, quoted by the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper.
He considered that “the question about the reason for our presence there does not make sense.”
On recent developments, after Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar refused to sign a cease-fire agreement in Libya, which was formulated during a meeting in Moscow, Akar said: “I do not think that other forces want to confront Turkish forces on the ground in Libya.”
He considered that “it is too early to say that the cease-fire in Libya has collapsed,” considering that there is “some whisper in Haftar’s ear who is bothered by the central role of Turkey and Russia in the Libyan crisis.”
The minister indicated that Turkey has a training and cooperation team in Libya that mainly carries out training and advisory missions.