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Erdogan: Al-Sarraj invited us to protect and we fulfilled the request

The Libyan Address Journal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged Friday, the presence of his forces in Libya, saying that his country had intervened in Libya at the request of the Fayez al-Sarraj government, saying, “Al-Sarraj invited us to protect and we fulfilled the request.”

Erdogan added in press statements that he bases his intervention in Libya on the security and maritime agreements he signed with al-Sarraj, agreements which have sparked anger inside Libya, and many Libyans considered it “an attempt to reproduce the Ottoman occupation in the country and Turkish efforts to seize Libya’s wealth.”

Erdogan also renewed his attack on Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, General Commander of the Libyan National Army, which since April 2019 announced a military operation to liberate Tripoli from Turkish-backed extremist militias and armed groups.

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