Despite international pressure, Erdogan insists on continuous Turkish military presence in Libya

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, implicitly renewed the insistence on the presence of the Turkish military forces inside Libya, pointing out that his country has become “the owner of a say and opinion on the issues of the region”, thanks to the military, diplomatic and economic capabilities.

In his speech at the Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists Association, on Saturday, Erdogan said: “It is possible to see Turkey’s influence throughout the region, from Syria to Libya and from the Mediterranean to the Caucasus.”

The Turkish president indicated that his country has made great strides in the defense and technological industries, despite all obstacles, and its products have become the focus of the world’s attention.

In his briefing to the Security Council, the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Jan Kubis, stressed the need for all mercenaries and foreign fighters to leave Libya, in preparation for the presidential and parliamentary elections on December 24.

The European Union had begun imposing sanctions on a list of companies run by Ankara that violated the arms embargo on Libya.

In November 2019, the UN Security Council report on the sanctions regime imposed on Libya revealed Turkey’s violation of the resolutions to impose an arms embargo.

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