“We stand with our Libyan brothers in accordance with the provisions of international law and justice, and we will not retreat from this position,” media outlets quoted the Turkish defense minister as telling the soldiers.
The government news agency, “Anatolia”, “Khulusi Akar”, as saying about the accusations of harassment of a French ship, “It is a plot intended to achieve political goals, not military, and France should apologize to Turkey.”
Earlier, Libyan media reported that two helicopters belonging to the Turkish Air Force landed shortly before the international airport of Mutaiga in the capital, Tripoli, to transport Turkish Defense Minister Khulsi Akar and Chief of General Staff Yasar Gular to the Turkish warship located off the Libyan coast.
And the Libyan channel “218” quoted sources as saying that the two soldiers will spend their night in the frigate and will go tomorrow morning to Misurata to hold several meetings with city officials.
On Friday, Turkish media reported that the Turkish Defense Minister, Khulusi Akar, and the Chief of Staff had arrived in Tripoli on a previously unannounced visit.
In another context, Al-Arabiya channel reported, citing its sources, that Turkish Defense Minister Khulsi Akar and Chief of Staff signed a new military agreement with the Al-Wefaq government.
Al-Arabiya added, citing its sources, that the agreement guarantees protection of Turkey’s interests in Libya, and allows Ankara to direct intervention.
The channel revealed that the agreement between the Turkish Defense Minister and the reconciliation government includes the establishment of a Turkish military force in Libya.
Moreover, the new agreement provides immunity for Turkish forces in Libya and immunity for Turkish soldiers against any prosecution.