Erdogan Insists on Decisive Action in Libya
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the opening ceremony of the Sümela Monastery in Turkey’s northern Trabzon province via teleconference from another location, July 29, 2020. (AA Photo)
Tukey has sent mixed signals regarding the Libyan crisis by pledging a decision military action and calling for a peaceful solution in the war-torn country.
“We are determined to make sure that our struggle in the vast region from Iraq to Syria and Libya ends in victory for our country and our friends and brothers and sisters in these countries,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
Turkey will also continue to defend its rights in the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, he said.
In the same context, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar affirmed in statements Thursday that Turkey is doing its utmost to help its Libyan brothers, in order to bring about a ceasefire, stability, and territorial integrity in Libya.
Akar added that the continued external military support received by Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar represents the greatest obstacle to peace in the country.
Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, stated that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham arrested “Fadl Al-Libi”, the leader of “Jaysh Al-Sahel” operating under the banner of “Hurras Al-Din” organization.
The militant was arrested for refusing to leave Syria and engage in fighting in Libya, at Turkish authorities’ orders.
Russia’s Sputnik also revealed Thursday that a new group of mercenaries was dispatched to al-Watiya airbase in western Libya.
Further, weapons and mercenaries were sent to Misrata ahead of a possible new operation in Sirte and Jufra.