The Turkish President, Rajab Tybbe Erdogan, congratulated, on Saturday, the elected head of the Presidency Council (PC), Mohammed Menfi, and the new Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.
In a phone call, Erdogan wished success for both Menfi and Dbeibah, according to Anadolu Agency.
He stressed Turkey’s constant support to preserve political and geographical unity in Libya, and willingness to contribute in establishing peace, stability, security and prosperity for Libyans.
Erdogan criticized his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, who called Turkey to withdraw its forces from Libya.
“It seems he didn’t learn, it will take long time”, said Erdogan pointing to Macron’s call for Turkey to withdraw from Libya.
Erdogan said that the Turkish troops exist in Libya upon an official call from its legitimate government. He added that Macron should point his words to other parties who send mercenaries there.
Erdogan pointed to fighters coming from Chad and Mali, which he considered a French colony, adding that “what are the French doing in Mali and Chad?”, asserting that France should be held accountable for its actions there.
He stated that Turkey sends troops for peace. Pointing that the Turkish forces are inside Libya after an official invitation, hinting at the joint military cooperation agreement.
Erdogan signed, in November 2019, two memorials of understanding with the former head of the government, Fayez Al-Sarraj, regarding joint military and security cooperation.