Erdogan: We Will Only Withdraw from Libya if Others Withdraw First – Al Marsad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would discuss withdrawing its troops from Libya if other foreign forces withdraw first.

(Libya, 10 February 2021) – During his speech at the Turkish space projects forum held on Tuesday in Ankara, Erdogan indicated that Turkish presence in Libya is based on a request from what it described as the “legitimate government” (the Government of National Accord ‘GNA’ that is not approved by the elected House of Representatives), and based on military cooperation agreements it signed.

He said “we derive from the past our strength and we seek to revive the Ottoman legacy again.


Erdogan also criticised French President Emmanuel Macron, saying: “Macron says Turkey should withdraw its troops from Libya. I say to him, Get your troops out of Mali and Chad first.”

“The person who heads France continues his attacks against me and targets me, I tell him: What do you want from attacking me? Before attacking me, you have to make up for your massacres in Algeria and the rest of the African countries,” added Erdogan.