Saudi NGO condemns Turkey’s involvement in Libya

The Saudi-based NGO Muslim World League has condemned Turkey’s involvement in the Libyan conflict, accusing it of interfering in the internal affairs of Arab states and using pretexts to occupy their territory, pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported.

The NGO’s Supreme Council made its statement at a meeting in Mecca on Tuesday, also praising Saudi Arabia’s efforts to foster peace in the Middle East.

Riyadh is on opposite sides to Ankara in Libya, where Turkey has sent forces to support the U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli against the Libyan National Army, which is backed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Turkey’s deployment came after Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Haftar began an offensive to capture the capital city last April and ramped up the campaign in December.