Libya: Tobruk government says Turkey,"supports terrorists"

Ankara tied to pro-Muslim Brotherhood authorities in Tripoli

20 February, 11:50

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, FEBRUARY 20 - Tensions are mounting between the 'official' Libyan government recognised by the international community and exiled in Tobruk and Turkey, accused by Libyan premier Abdullah al-Thani of supporting terrorism while the possibility of economic sanctions is being floated. The spokesman of the Turkish ministry of foreign affairs Tanju Bilgic reacted with a note accusing the "interim government" of making "irresponsable statements" and "hostile and unfounded comments against our country". Turkey threatened it may have to take "appropriate measures", without however specifying their nature. Hurriyet recalled that a few days ago al-Thani said "what comes from Turkey has a negative impact on the security and stability of Libya" and accused Ankara of supporting Islamist militias . The Turkish government of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan established ties with the rival government formed after Tripoli was conquered by Islamist militias under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    The Brotherhood, present in Egypt and Syria aswell, is close to Erdogan's Islamist AKP party.

    According to the Turkish press, the al Thani government could react by applying punitive economic measures to Turkish companies in Libya. (ANSAmed).

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