Turkey on Wednesday condemned air strikes claimed by the Libyan government on an airport in Tripoli controlled by a rival administration, setting it at odds with the country’s internationally recognized authorities.
Turkey appointed a special representative to Libya last month, who became the first envoy publicly to meet with the parallel government in Tripoli, fueling suspicions that it is advancing a pro-Islamist regional agenda.
Turkish officials say the move is part of Ankara’s efforts to promote UN-backed peace negotiations.
“We strongly condemn the air strikes,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “These attacks deepen the existing problems in Libya and the atmosphere of conflict and undo efforts to resolve the crisis by peaceful means.”
The ministry statement said the Libyan crisis could only be resolved with an end to foreign interventions, a cease-fire and comprehensive political dialogue, calling on all parties in the country to support the UN efforts.
Libya has descended into chaos three years after the toppling of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, with warring factions battling for control and the capital, Tripoli, run by an alternative government partly backed by Islamist groups.