Hulusi Akar Reminds GNA Again of Turkish Help in Stopping Haftar from Controlling Tripoli – Al Marsad

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that what he called “Haftar’s forces” were about to take control of Tripoli had it not been for Turkey, referring to his country’s intervention with arms, drones, and thousands of mercenaries and terrorists.

(Libya, 1 August 2020) – In spite of the huge material gains it has been harvesting from Fayez al-Sarraj’s government, Turkey’s presidency, ministers, and media do not miss any occasion, a gathering for Justice and Development Party, or even a meeting with regional leaders and officials, or even Libyans—without reminding the Government of National Accord (GNA) and its presidency, ministers, and militias, of the favor that Turkey had bestowed on them to help them maintain their rule that almost collapsed.

“Haftar almost took control of Tripoli, but Turkish support for Sarraj’s government tipped the balance of power in the country,” Akar said at a ceremony organized by the Turkish Ministry of Defense on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. This was a repetition of what he said to his soldiers on his visit to Tripoli early this month.

Akar claimed, as quoted by the official Turkish news Anadolu Agency (AA) that his country is doing its best to help what he called its Libyan brothers to bring about a ceasefire, stability, and territorial integrity in Libya, as he put it.

On his country’s interference and violation of the arms embargo and its dispatch of tens of thousands of mercenaries and terrorists, Hulusi Akar justified this by saying that “Turkey provides the forces of the legitimate Libyan government recognized by the United Nations with training, cooperation, consultations, and support in the military field.”

He also concluded in this regard, pointing out that “a partial calm prevails in Libya at the present time, and Ankara is making its effort to make the sustainable ceasefire and thus secure stability in Libya, “according to Anadolu.

© Al Marsad English (2020)