Turkey Condemns Desecration of Turkish Flag in Tobruk – Al Marsad

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it strongly condemns the attack on the Turkish flag in front of the House of Representatives (HoR) in the city of Tobruk.

(LIBYA, 7 July 2021) – According to the Turkish Anadolu News Agency, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgic said: “We strongly condemn the ugly action against our flag in front of the temporary building of the House of Representatives during the budget negotiations held on 5 July 2021 in Tobruk, Libya.”

Bilgic added that the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, upon learning of what he described as a “heinous attack”, took the necessary written and verbal initiatives to the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Interim Government of National Unity (GNU. The Turkish spokesperson said they asked the GNU to take the necessary measures to prevent what it described as “provocations”, and the recurrence of similar incidents.

He said the action was clearly meant to target Turkish-Libyan fellowship. “This attack on our flag, which represents our independence and sacred values, will never achieve its goal,” said Bilgic, adding that the necessary response will be given by “the friendly and brotherly Libyan people before anyone else.”

The problem occurred when a number of Libyan protesters, angry at the Turkish military presence and its mercenaries in Libya, placed the Turkish flag on the ground in front of the HoR meeting that was held in Tobruk. Cars passing to enter the Parliament’s headquarters passed the flag amid chants against the Turkish intervention in Libya.

Turkey refuses to comply with the request of the interim GNU’s Foreign Minister, Najla al-Mangoush, and the UN Security Council resolutions, the stipulation of the 5+5 Joint Military Agreement, and the outputs of Berlin I and II, to remove all foreign forces and mercenaries to withdraw from Libya.