Turkish Special Envoy: Turkey Will Build a Military Base in Tripoli if GNA Requests – Al Marsad

Emrullah Isler, Turkish Special Envoy to Libya, said on Thursday that his country is not a party to the internal war in Libya and that Ankara supports what he described as the “legitimate government” there.

[Libya, 27 December 2019] – Emrullah Isler, in a speech at a symposium on the Turkish-Libyan Relations, organized by the Faculty of Social Science at  the Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, according to Anadolu News Agency, stressed that his country’s “relations with the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) are continuing in accordance with international law.”

“Just as our government classifies the PKK and PYD as terrorist and outlawed organizations because they receive support from some countries, we also consider Haftar [LNA’s Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar] as an illegitimate stakeholder because he is receiving support from some parties,” Isler claimed.

Emrullah Isler, Turkish Special Envoy to Libya

Emrullah Isler stressed that Libya (the GNA) is an important ally of Turkey to maintain energy balances in Eastern Mediterranean, noting that his country will provide the necessary military and security support for “Libya” (the GNA militias) in the event that the GNA requests this from Ankara.

Turkish Special Envoy also clarified that Turkey will mobilize all its capabilities in order to thwart the schemes aiming at the Syrianization of Libya, as he put it, expressing his country’s readiness to build a military base in Libya if Tripoli submitted a request in this regard as in the precedents of the two Turkish bases in Mogadishu, Somalia and the State of Qatar.

However, Isler added, “but do not think of the military base in Libya as a combatant base; look at it as a military training facility.” He argued that what puts Turkey in the centre of attention is the failure of other regional actors to fulfil their responsibilities towards Libya.

The Turkish Envoy to Libya stressed that, “there is a political crisis in Libya; the solution must be through dialogue.” Isler pointed out to an alleged Turkish impartiality vis-à-vis the rivals in Libyan conflict, “we said we were against foreign intervention in Libya. We are at an equal distance from all sides. They declined our request for mediation, saying that they are subject to UN initiatives.”

© Al Marsad English (2019)