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Turks want French apology over Warship Incident
Team Sea and Coast | 03/07/2020

On Thursday, Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said he awaits an apology from France post the incident that took place between the Turkish and French warships in the Mediterranean that elicited Paris to request a NATO probe.

Connections betwixt the NATO members have embittered over the Libya conflict, where Turkey backed the globally recognized government and charged Paris of supporting the eastern-based forces of Khalifa Haftar who made an effort to capture Tripoli.

France gainsaid the backing of Haftar's offensive on the capital, and charged Turkish warships of hostile behaviour after its warships made an attempt to scrutinise a vessel in June that it was suspected of breaching a UN arms embargo on Libya.

Mevlut Cavusoglu whilst a news conference in Berlin quoted, "France should apologize to us instead of confronting Turkey with wrong information. France supported the wrong side in Libya".

Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke in Berlin along with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who called for "constructive dialogue" to find a solution with the ongoing situation between France and Turkey, and requested for a return to ceasefire talks in Libya.