Erdogan Says Libya Will Not be Allowed to Turn Into an Arena for Terrorist Organizations and War Barons – Al Marsad

Whilst Turkey continues to send Syrian militants and jihadists to Tripoli and Misrata, Turkish President Erdogan arrives in Algiers yesterday on the first leg of a three-nation African tour. Erdogan was received by the Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune and a number of Algerian officials at the Houari Boumediene international airport. 

[Libya, 27 January 2020] – Erdogan stressed during a joint press conference the need not to allow Libya to be turned into an arena for terrorist organizations and war barons. “Libya must not be turned into a playground for terrorist organizations and war barons. We will continue to struggle to stop the shedding of blood in Libya,” the Turkish president reiterated his typical rhetoric addressed for public consumption while continuing to fuel the Libyan war with Syrian mercenaries and Turkish weapons, drones, and troops.

On the Turkish-Algerian relations, Erdogan said that “Algeria does not see Turkey’s future apart from its future. We believe in carrying our bilateral relations and cooperation further in every field by getting strength from the common history between our country and Algeria and the ties of common brotherhood and deep friendship. The amount of our investments in Algeria has reached 3.5 billion dollars. This is an expression of our entrepreneurs’ trust in Algeria.”

Needless to say that Erdogan’s comments coincide with his government’s continued and relentless dispatch of Syrian mercenaries and terrorists to Libya onboard Libyan civil aircraft to the cities of Misrata and Tripoli.

Both the Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, and the GNA Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha, have acknowledged, in TV statements, bringing in Syrian mercenaries, stressing that they will use all possible means to repel what they described as the “aggression”, or the advances of the Libyan National Army forces towards and inside the Libyan capital.

“I and Mr. Tebboune were together at the Berlin Conference on Libya. We also held bilateral meetings there. We  also had the opportunity to discuss our bilateral relations in detail in meetings with the president and other officials,” Erdogan told journalists on the conclusion of his talks with the Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune in the capital Algiers.

© Al Marsad English (2020)