Turkey ready to give any military support Libya needs – Erdogan

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President President Tayyip Erdogan attends a NATO leaders summit in Watford, Britain, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday Turkey is ready to provide Tripoli any military support it needs after Ankara and Libya’s internationally recognised government signed a security deal. 

“We will be protecting the rights of Libya and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he said on A Haber TV. “We are more than ready to give whatever support necessary to Libya.”

Khalifa Haftar, who leads forces in eastern Libya, “is not a legitimate leader…and is representative of an illegal structure,” Erdogan said after meeting in Istanbul with Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of Libya’s Government of National Accord.