By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 20 February 2015:
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry blasted Abdullah Al-Thinni’s government in a statement released yesterday, coming on the . . .[restrict]heels of a Thinni interview in which he accused Turkey of supporting terrorism in Libya.
In the interview with Sharq Al Awasat newspaper on Wednesday, Thinni cautioned that Turkey may lose its investments in Libya and that his government may ask for sanctions against Turkey.
In a tersely worded statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgic warned Libya to “correct their irresponsible attitudes and refrain from making hostile and groundless statements about” Turkey.
Stressing Turkey’s support for Libya, Bilgic recited the several times that Libyan and Turkish government officials have met in the past six months, and said there was a standing invitation to House of Representatives President Ageela Salah Gwaider to meet in Turkey with the Prime Minister there.
Bilgic said that Turkey had “warned” Libya at each of these meetings to not make such “baseless claims” about Turkey’s support of terrorism. In his statement yesterday, Bilgic warned that if Libyan officials do not change their “attitudes” then it would “only be natural for Turkey to take necessary measures.”
He did not specify in his statement what those measures might be. [/restrict]