US President Donald Trump had a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning him against sending troops to Libya as this would create instability in the region.
Following the approval of a bill by the Turkish parliament allowing the dispatching of troops, Greece, Israel, and Cyprus also voiced their objection to the “dangerous” intervention by Turkey into the region.
“The Turkish decision to deploy troops in Libya presents a dangerous threat to regional stability. This decision constitutes a gross violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1970 (2011), imposing an arms embargo in Libya and seriously undermines the international community’s efforts to find a peaceful, political solution to the Libyan conflict.
“It marks a dangerous escalation of the conflict and a significant deterioration of the situation. Turkey should not violate the Libyan Political Agreement and related United Nations resolutions. The repercussions of such a reckless move will be dire for the stability and peace of the entire region. Ankara should refrain from taking such action, which blatantly violates Libyan national sovereignty and independence,” said a joint statement by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, President of the Cyprus Republic Nicos Anastasiades and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.