GNA Ambassador to Ankara: We are Confident Erdogan will Give a Helping Hand When Needed – Al Marsad

Abdul Razzaq Mukhtar, Libyan Ambassador of the the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in Ankara and a senior Muslim Brotherhood figure, cited the siege of Tripoli in 1551 when the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent besieged and vanquished the Knights of Malta in the fortress of Tripoli, to refer to “the historical relation that united the Libyan and Turkish people,” according to the Turkish daily Hurriyet newspaper.

The Libyan Ambassador, who is under work suspension by the Tripoli-based Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, expressed his confidence that Turkey, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will come for the support of the Libyans (the GNA and its armed groups) when needed.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a live televised interview earlier this month, declared his country’s willingness to deploy Turkish forces in Libya if the Government of National Accord (GNA) asked them to do so.

“What can be the obstacle if a Turkish military base is required in Libya. Turkey is a friendly country, and we have a historical relations with it,” the GNA Ambassador conveyed an overt message for the need to deploy Turkish boots on the ground in Libya.

According to media reports, the Tripoli-based Presidential Council formally approved today Erdogan‘s offer of military intervention in Libya.

© Al Marsad English (2019)