Turkish Minister of Defense: IRINI Operation favors Haftar and holds no legal status

News In Brief

Turkish Minister of Defense: IRINI Operation favors Haftar and holds no legal status

May 16, 2020 - 14:09
Written by: RabiaGolden

The Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar stressed that the IRINI Operation holds no legal grounds, as it is run without any official request from the legitimate Government of National Accord (GNA).

Akar explained in a press statement, that the control on access by sea can not be considered an arms embargo, rather a block on legitimate government activities, whilst lending support to Haftar’s forces.

He indicated that some European countries are not willing to be part of IRINI, calling the operation’s member states to review their stances in supporting warlord Haftar against the GNA.