Turkey dismisses France’s call to foreign withdrawal from Libya

14:33, 14 November 2021
Turkey dismisses France’s call to foreign withdrawal from Libya

Turkey rebuffed French President Emanuel Macron’s claim that it's time for foreign troops to leave Libya and give it a chance to develop on its own.

Libya has been in a state of a civil war ever since Muammar Gaddafi was killed back in 2011 in an uprising which started after confrontation with the west.

Different countries supported various political parties in Libya and aided them with their army assistance.

“Russia and Turkey must withdraw their mercenaries without delay,” Macron said in a statement.

However Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top political advisor Ibrahim Kalin said that a quick withdrawal might bring more harm than good. 

“If you single out the pulling out of foreign forces … from Libya, as the most important, as the top issue, we believe that is wrong,” he said in a statement.

“Libya needs support for its political process, the elections, economic issues. Our military presence there is to help the Libyan army train .We are there as a force of stability and help to the Libyan people. And our priority as far as security is concerned is to help the Libyans establish their united Libyan National Army,” he added.

France claims that it does not take sides in the conflict however the country is often accused of aiding a Libyan politician named Khalifa Haftar.

Earlier the Turkish air company Turkey Airlines banned Iraqis, Syrians, and Yemenis from flying to Belarus due to the migrant crisis at the border.