Turkey Slams Bahrain over Remarks on Defense Minister
2020-08-05 - 7:52 p
Bahrain Mirror: Turkey's Defence Ministry condemned a recent statement by Bahrain's Foreign Ministry which criticized remarks made by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and called the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) destabilizing acts in the region "constructive."
The Turkish Defense Ministry said that "showing the right Turkish reaction as targeting the Arab brothers an unfortunate and futile attempt."
"The statement by Bahrain's Foreign Ministry on National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar's response to questions during an interview with Al Jazeera TV broadcast on July 31 does not reflect the truth," Turkey's National Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry called on the Abu Dhabi administration and the governments supporting them to return to their senses.
"Arab people are our friends and our brothers," it stressed.
The ministry added that it is not possible to defend peace, stability and regional security by supporting the coup leaders, but by standing by the side of law and legitimacy.
"It is an unfortunate and futile effort to characterize the destabilizing activities carried out by the Abu Dhabi administration by violating the universal rules and moral values in regions such as Syria, Libya, Yemen and the Horn of Africa as constructive and to reflect our legitimate reaction to these activities as if against our Arab brothers," the ministry said.
In the same context, the ministry noted that Turkey acts with the principle of "Libya is Libyan" and Turkey's aim is an independent and sovereign Libya led by the National Accord Government.
The ministry indicated that Turkey is present in Libya within the framework of bilateral agreements signed in accordance with international law, and at the invitation of the legitimate and internationally recognized the National Accord Government, not at the request of the coup leaders.
Turkey will decisively continue to provide military training, assistance and consulting to the Libyan government, it added.