Turkey: No Country Has The Right to Ask Us to Leave Libya


On Tuesday, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that no country or person has the right to ask Turkey to leave Libya, claiming that Ankara has legitimate reasons to be there.

During a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, Cavusoglu said that they discussed a number of issues of common concern, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the latest developments in Libya, the eastern Mediterranean crisis, as well as the conflict in Syria.

Cavusoglu claimed that Turkey wants to achieve peace in Libya, but the Libyan National Army (LNA) is not open to this option. “Turkey’s support for the Libyan government balanced the situation on the ground and showed the war was a stalemate. The warring sides have now joined an ongoing political process,” he added.

The FM stated that Turkey does not seek to profit in Libya, but is assisting in the achievement of national unity, and the establishment of dialogue between the warring parties. He also stressed that the global community has to take a more active role in encouraging the Libyan parties to reach a peaceful settlement.

Lavrov said that Moscow was in touch with all parties in Libya and has provided all kinds of support for a political solution.