Turkey's envoy: Haftar started Libya's crisis in 2014

Turkey's envoy: Haftar started Libya's crisis in 2014

August 29, 2019 - 22:10
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Turkish envoy to Libya Emrullah Işler said Khalifa Haftar is responsible for dragging Libya into crisis since May 2014 and then for aborting political solutions in 2016.

In a forum in Ankara on Wednesday under the slogan "Tripoli Battle in the Domestic and Regional Levels", Işler said Haftar's forces allied with militias and that despite some countries knowledge of the fact that those militias are not legitimate, they tried to present Haftar as a partner in the war on terrorism.

"Haftar's recent attacks on Tripoli have revealed the allegations of some parties about fighting terrorism. The international community remained silent toward Haftar's offensive on Tripoli and terrorist acts, such as kidnapping Turkish nationals." Işler indicated.

He reiterated Turkey's support for legitimate entities in Libya and said that his country stands with the legitimacy in Libya, which has been in crisis for years, adding that Turkey is working on stabilizing Libya and reaching a political settlement as there is no military solution for the Libyan conflict.

"Turkey is cooperating with the Presidential Council that is recognized by the UN in order to reach a political solution and achieve a political transition." Işler further added.

The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha on Wednesday and met wit the Turkish Defense Minister. They discussed security and military cooperation between Libya and Turkey and the training of Libyan cadres by Turkish army and security forces.