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Turkey demands apology from France over “misleading remarks” over Libya, Mediterranean

Turkey’s Foreign Minister on Thursday demanded an apology from France for misleading NATO and EU about recent tensions in the Mediterranean.

“France did not tell the truth to both NATO and EU. The claim that our ships locked is not true. We proved that and gave the documents to NATO. And NATO saw the reality,” said Mevlut Cavusoglu in a joint news conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

“Our expectation from France is to apologize to us for not providing the true information,” he added.

France last week claimed that Turkey harassed one of its vessels taking part in a NATO mission in the Mediterranean. Turkish military officials denied the allegations.

Cavusoglu also reiterated Turkey’s position on Libya, saying Ankara sides with the UN-recognized legitimate government of Libya, GNA.

“The only and the best solution to the Libyan conflict is political solution and permanent cease-fire,” said Cavusoglu.

Cavusoglu said Turkey is ready for dialogue with France to facilitate a political solution and maintain stability in Libya.

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