French President Emmanuel Macron declared that Turkish navy ships harassed French naval vessels in the Mediterranean several weeks ago. Moreover, during the French president’s visit in the last week with German Counselor, Angela Merkel, Macron criticized Turkey’s role and acts in Libya during the joint press conference.
Amidst the diplomatic tension increases between Paris and Ankara, Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar rejected the claims that the Turkish navy harassed French ships in international waters.
Akar also underlined that Turkish diplomatic relations are ongoing with the government in Libya that is recognized by the United Nations, in line with international law, and these activities are legitimate. The domestic issues of France should not be used in the context of Libya issue for the sake of the Alliance and its interests, added Turkish Minister.