Turkey speaks the language of strength, sends thousands of soldiers to Libya: EU FM

European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell. (File photo: Reuters)

Turkey speaks the language of strength and has sent thousands of fighters to Libya, said the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell at a summit on Monday.

Turkey has sent thousands of Syrian mercenaries to fight for the Government of National Accord (GNA) in its conflict with the Libyan National Army (LNA). Tensions escalated this week as the GNA prepared to advance on the key strategic city of Sirte, with Egypt saying that it was prepared to defend its national security interests and oppose Turkish expansion.

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Borrell was speaking in conversation with Charles Powell, the director of the Elcano Royal Institute, hosted by the German Marshall Fund.

His comments came as the chief of the US Africa Command was in the Libyan city of Zuwara to meet with senior GNA officials, according to Libyan media.

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