The spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy, said Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France, Greece, and Cyprus had made a typical hypothetical statement regarding Libya and the eastern Mediterranean region.
The Turkish official slammed the joint statement made by the foreign ministers of France, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece and the United Arab Emirates concerning Ankara's stance on Libya and the eastern Mediterranean Sea, accusing them of seeking “regional chaos and instability.”
“The joint declaration of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Greece, GCA [Greek Cypriot Administration], France and the UAE on the eastern Mediterranean and Libya is a case in point of the hypocrisy of a group of countries who are seeking regional chaos and instability through the policies they pursue and seeing no harm in sacrificing the democratic aspirations of the peoples to the callous aggression of putschist dictators, and which have fallen into a delirium, as their agendas are being disrupted by Turkey.” Aksoy said.
Aksoy added that the rulers of Egypt seem to have long preferred to renounce the interests and rights of its own people, rather than protecting them, adding that, as for the UAE, which has no connection whatsoever to the Eastern Mediterranean, it is no other than the animosity towards Turkey that unites it with the other countries.
"The track record of this country both against Turkey and Libya is self-evident.” Aksoy remarked.
He added the distortion of the steps taken by Turkey in order to protect its legitimate interests based on international law, through unfair and unlawful pretexts, is unacceptable under any circumstances.
UAE, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, and France issued a joint statement on Monday, calling on Libyan parties to commit to a truce, without mentioning Haftar's attacks on civilians in Tripoli.
The Libyan Foreign Ministry condemned the joint statement, saying it was a blatant intervention in Libyan domestic affairs and falsification of truths.
The Libyan Foreign Ministry expressed surprise at the UAE's participation in the statement, saying it is a non-Mediterranean country, which shows it's real motives that include joining other countries that are intervening in Libya's affairs.