Libya: Erdogan confirms presence of Syrian rebels

'Haftar illegitimate, dialogue only with Sarraj'

21 February, 16:23

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, FEBRUARY 21 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed for the first time the presence of pro-Turkish Syrian militants in Libya to support the forces of the government of Fayez al-Sarraj.

    "On the ground there are elements of the Syrian National Army," Erdogan said.

    He told journalists that Haftar and his supporters "want us to leave", but "why don't they talk about the Russian security company" supporting Haftar "with 2,500 men?".

    "Haftar doesn't have legitimacy. For us he is not an interlocutor. He's a legionary. The legitimate leader in Libya is Sarraj. With Libya we have 500 years of brotherhood, we received a request from them, we made a security accord for training soldiers and we went there," Erdogan said, telling journalists about the new face-to-face meeting in Istanbul on Thursday evening with Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj.(ANSAmed).

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