The Address | Benghazi – Libya
UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash announced on Wednesday that the confrontation between the Turkish Navy and the French frigate Corbett, which took place on June 10, revealed clear intentions for Turkey.
Gargash explained in press statements that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirmed that he had no intention of his country rather than being a bridge between Europe and the Arab world, and instead chose to return Turkey to its imperial past and position it as a competitor and opponent of both.
Gargash said that Libya has become a hub and platform for the new Ottoman expansion, after Erdogan took advantage of the divisions to enact bilateral agreements, which he then used to justify extensive resource expropriations in the Mediterranean, providing advanced weapons and transporting thousands of Syrian mercenaries to western Libya, which prompted UAE with France and other allies to address these threats.
He stressed that the international community should send a clear and unambiguous message to Turkey that its behavior is unacceptable, pressure it to cease fire, and allow Libya to return to a political process free of hostilities supported from abroad, indicating that Libya needs responsible leadership and wise management of resources, given its capabilities to become a regional base for economic growth and prosperity.