Libya sees Turkey as leaders of Islamic world

The chief of Libya’s revolutionary movement has spoken about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogans historic trip to Libya and has stated his approval over Turkey’s vision for the Middle East and North African region.

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said: “The vision of Mr. Erdogan of the Middle East and the Islamic world is very important. Mr. Erdogan and the Turkish people are the leaders of the Islamic world.”

Abdul-Jalil went on: “The policies that have been pursued by Turkey have brought it that prestige that Turkish people once had in the region during the era of Ottoman Empire.” He also expressed his pleasure at Turkey’s sympathy regarding the Palestinian and Somali people.

Libya and Turkey have strong ties to each other. Abdul-Jalil said that Turkish companies would be key partners in the reconstruction of Libya. Abdul-Jalil is the head of the National Transitional Council (NTC) which Turkey has provided with more than $300 million in cash and aid, Abdul-Jalil said: “Libyans will never forget President Abdullah Gul saying, ‘Right from the very beginning, our hearts are beating with the Libya revolution.’ And Prime Minister Erdogan’s words, ‘We should be treated as a Libyan citizen, not as a prime minister under these difficult conditions,’ nor what Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s noted, that ‘We cannot sleep comfortably while Libyan people are hungry’.”

Speaking on the future for Libya, Abdul-Jalil said: “Following the path of our Dear Prophet, we will try to establish a system loyal to our religion. We will call on the people who have no blood on their hands to serve the country. We are planning to call on people who are for Libyan people, who are not corrupted and who have welcomed the revolution.”

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