Turkish FM Claims Turkey Saved Millions of Lives in Libya and Prevented Street Warfare

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On Monday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that his country’s intervention in Libya prevented street warfare and saved millions of lives.

Cavusoglu pointed out that the Turkish intervention in Libya has contributed to achieving a balance between the parties to the conflict.

“The international community and Libya owe Turkey a lot. If the internal war in Libya turned into street fighting, it would have continued for decades, and millions would have been killed,” he said.

The Turkish top diplomat noted that the main goal of Ankara’s presence is to achieve a permanent ceasefire and bring about a political solution to the crisis.

Turkey supports the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez Al-Sarraj.

The GNA controls the capital city of Tripoli, the western and southern areas of Libya. On the other hand, the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar controls the eastern and northern areas.

In August, the Government of National Accord (GNA) declared ceasefire and the LNA agreed to the truce.

Cavusoglu pointed out that France’s strengthening of its relations with the GNA will never bother Turkey, pointing out that Ankara considers the meeting of French officials with the Head of the GNA as a step in the right direction.