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Erdogan Vows Turkey Will Continue Activities in Libya

Erdogan Vows Turkey Will Continue Activities in Libya

Saturday, 4 July, 2020 - 05:45
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
Ankara – Saeed Abdulrazek

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Friday that his country will “firmly” maintain its cooperation with the “legitimate” Libyan government.

He said that he had dispatched his defense minister and chief of staff to Tripoli to discuss the ongoing cooperation “with greater coordination” with the Government of National Accord (GNA)

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Erdogan’s ruling AK party accused France of complicity in the mass graves discovered in Libya.

Omer Cilek said that the Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Khalifa Haftar, had dug up the graves to cover up for its crimes in Tarhuna.

France, as a supporter of the LNA, was working on covering up the issue by claiming to defend human rights and making baseless accusations against Turkey, he added.

Moreover, he claimed that French President Emmanuel Macron, after finding himself in hot water over his support to the LNA, which has been defeated on the ground, is now attempting to distance himself from Haftar, even warning Russian President Vladimir Putin against backing him.

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