Turkish Ambassador to Libya: Turkey Provided “Martyrs” Against Haftar’s Aggression on Tripoli – Al Marsad

The Turkish Ambassador to Tripoli, Kenan Yılmaz, said his country’s support for training, cooperation, and advisory work for what he described as “the restructuring of the Libyan army” (GNA militants), was according to what he described due to “the memorandum of security and military cooperation granted between the two countries.” The agreement which he referred to, however, is the agreement between Sarraj-Erdogan that was never ratified by the elected House of Representatives (HoR) and was therefore deemed illegal.  

(LIBYA, 18 July 2021) – Kenan Yılmaz said in a statement that “Turkey provided martyrs when repelling the aggression of Haftar’s militias against Tripoli in April 2019.”

He said “Turkey was the first and only country among the five countries that the legitimate government requested assistance in liberating Tripoli.

The Turkish ambassador omitted to mention that at the time, however, the government of Fayez al-Sarraj was already well expired and never enjoyed legitimacy in Libya given that it failed to be ratified twice by Libya’s Parliament and its ministers never took the oath of office in front of the nation’s elected assembly.

The Turkish Ambassador stressed that his country supported the list that included the current Presidential Council and the current Government of National Unity (GNU) by Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), which was assigned to run the country during the current transitional period. He confirmed Turkey’s continued support for the government of Abdul Hamid Dbaiba.

Yilmaz also indicated that many Turkish construction and contracting companies have a long history in Libya and are fully aware of the problems that Libya suffers from and their solutions. He stressed their readiness to come to Libya and undertake projects, especially in the fields of energy, water, municipal services, and basic services.



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