Turkish Presidency: The Tomb of Turgut Reis in Tripoli Symbolizes Friendship Between the Two Countries – Al Marsad

The head of the Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications, Fahrettin Altun, claimed that the existence of the tomb of Turgut Reis in the capital, Tripoli, was a symbol of friendship between the people of the two countries.

(Libya, 16 August 2020) – Fahrettin Altun, in a tweet on his official account, according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency, wrote: “469 years ago today, Turgut Reis, one of the glorious commanders of the Ottoman Navy, besieged Tripoli and one day later, on August 15, 1551, conquered it. Today, the tomb of Turgut Reis located in Tripoli is the symbol of the Turkish-Libyan friendship and fraternity.”

In the video clip featured in Fahrettin Altun’s post, he said: “politicians who forget their history are like a ship captain without a compass.”

The clip praised what he described as “the power of the Ottoman Empire and the countless victories secured by the Ottoman mariners” over the Crusader forces in the Mediterranean, especially in Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia during the sixteenth century.

Altun made no mention, however, of the Ottoman invasion of these countries and the violations committed by the Janissaries and imposing the Miri payment on the population by the Ottoman governor.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)