Tunisian Presidency Dismisses Reports that its Air and Sea Space Will be Used by Turkish Armed Forces – Al Marsad

The Tunisian Presidency today dismissed news of a purported request made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his recent unscheduled visit to the Tunisian capital.

[Libya, 7 January 2020] – The news on the request made by the Turkish President to the Tunisian President Kais Saied is “unfounded and baseless,” the Tunisian Presidency affirmed.

“Unlike what was reported on this issue, the Turkish President has never made such request and the Tunisian President has not dealt with this non-negotiable issue,” the Tunisian Presidency said on Tuesday.

“Reports circulating in the past days by various sources aim to undermine the credibility of the Tunisian official position and to harm Tunisia’s diplomatic relations with a number of countries,” the statement continued.

The Tunisian Presidency emphasised “Tunisia’s commitment to preserve its sovereignty and distance itself from the axis policy,” stressing its attachment to international legitimacy “in order to spare peoples of the region division and discord.”

The Turkish President visited Tunisia on 25 December and met with his Tunisian counterpart, and discussed with him “joint files” and relations between the two countries. Observers speculated about the nature of the surprise visit and its timing.

On Sunday, Erdogan announced in a televised interview that Turkish forces have already started to be deployed to Libya “gradually” at the request of the embattled Government of National Accord to repel the advances made by the Libyan National Army.

© Al Marsad English (2020)