Turkish Defense Minister says military training, consulting teams' work ongoing in Libya

Turkish Defense Minister says military training, consulting teams' work ongoing in Libya

July 18, 2020 - 20:32
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Friday that their military training and consulting teams in Libya "are still working in the country to ensure peace and stability.

Akar said, according to Anadolu Agency, that the Turkish training and consulting teams are successfully working in Libya in a legitimate manner as per an official request by the Government of National Accord, which is recognized by the UN, adding that their presence was given a green light by the Turkish Parliament as well.

Akar responded to Paris accusations regarding the vessel incident, saying Turkey is still waiting for an apology from France and has exchanged all videos and documents as well as evidence about the incident with the NATO military and civilian authorities.

"French allegations are totally unrealistic and we are awaiting an apology for such allegations regarding the vessel incident in the Mediterranean." He added.

He indicated that Turkish vessels had provided fuel to French ships upon their request and that France didn't talk to NATO about the issue.