Ankara shifts balance of power in Libya, says President Erdoğan


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that the country’s success in Libya has led to “the shuffling of the cards” around the world.

“Turkey’s success in Libya, both diplomatically and militarily, has led to a ‘reshuffling of the maps’ not only in the Mediterranean, but all over the world,” Erdoğan said at a graduation ceremony at the Turkish National Defense University in Istanbul.

Referring to the country’s progress in the defense industry, he pointed out that Turkey’s leap in defense technology over the past 15 to 20 years is an achievement that the world is watching closely.

“Turkey has no designs on anyone’s land, sovereignty, unity or solidarity,” Erdoğan added.

He also noted that Turkey is ready to stand with “its brothers and sisters who want to walk with the country (on paths) in other regions”.

Turkey had backed the internationally recognized Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against putschist General Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based forces, which were backed by Russia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and France.

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