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'Ankara's success in Libya led to reshuffling of cards': Turkish president

'Turkey has no designs whatsoever on anyone's land, sovereignty, unity, or solidarity,' says Recep Tayyip Erdogan

16.07.2021
'Ankara's success in Libya led to reshuffling of cards': Turkish president

ANKARA

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the country's success in Libya has led to "the reshuffling of cards" across the world.

"Turkey’s success in Libya, both diplomatically and militarily, has led to 'reshuffling of cards' not only in the Mediterranean, but all over the world," Erdogan told a graduation ceremony at the Turkish National Defense University in the metropolitan city of Istanbul.

Under a bilateral 2019 security agreement, Turkey provided military aid to help the legitimate Libyan government push back putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s attacks.

Referring to the country's progress in the defense industry, he stressed that Turkey's leap in defense technology over the last 15-20 years is a success story that the world has been watching closely.

Turkey has the same success in training the military officers at the National Defense University, Erdogan added, saying the new human resources models of the army are also working "quite satisfactorily."


'Turkey fulfilling historical responsibility'

If Turkey is strong, there is a way out for all the oppressed and victims wherever they are in the world, he noted.

"Turkey has no designs whatsoever on anyone's land, sovereignty, unity, or solidarity. We only listen to the calls of our brothers and sisters, who are groaning under the oppression of the imperialists, their incompetent regimes, and terrorist organizations, and (we) fulfill our historical responsibility towards them," Erdogan added.

One of the most important pillars of this strong stance of Turkey is the struggles it has fought in the military field and victories it has won, he stressed.

Erdogan also noted that Turkey is getting prepared for standing by "its brothers and sisters who want to walk with the country (on paths) in other regions."

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