Turkey Protests Flag Trampling in Libya

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On Tuesday, Ankara strongly condemned the “despicable” action against the Turkish flag in front of the Libyan Parliament during the budget discussions in Tobruk, Libya.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli immediately made the necessary written and verbal demarches to the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The Embassy also requested necessary measures to be taken in order not to allow such provocations, and prevent their repetition,” the statement added.

“It is clear that the action in question targets the Turkish-Libyan fraternity. This action committed against our flag, representing our independence and sacred values, will never reach its goal and necessary response will be given by the friendly and brotherly people of Libya,” the statement explained.

Turkey is accused of transferring Syrian mercenaries to Libya. In April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Turkish government sent a new batch of 380 Syrian mercenaries to Libya, “there are still more than 6,630 mercenaries in Libya, amid Turkish intentions to keep groups of Syrian fighters in Libya to protect their interests,” it noted.