Erdogan: Turkey has helped Libya’s legitimate government overcome “invasion plan”

The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Tuesday Ankara’s support for Libya’s UN-recognized government in fight against warlord Khalifa Haftar and his terrorist militias, saying Turkey defeated the warlord’s attempts to overthrow Libya’s government.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a press conference following a roughly three-hour cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara that Turkey had foiled Haftar’s invasion plan in Libya.

“The descendants of Libya’s anti-colonial hero Lion of the Desert Omar Mukhtar defeated at the gates of Tripoli legionaries sent from all over the world by those trying to occupy the country.” Erdogan said.

He added that Ankara will stand next to Libyan brothers, not the putschists, not the imperialists, referring to Haftar and his supporters.

The Turkish President also added that Turkey will share its knowledge and experience in all needed areas with the Libyan people.

According to Erdogan, the will of Libyan people cannot be bought with petro-dollars, adding that everyone needs to accept this.

On Monday, Erdogan told a TRT Haber interview that said “some agreements” have been reached with his US counterpart Donald Trump that could herald a “new era” in the conflict in Libya.


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