The media advisor to the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Rachida El-Niefer, said in connection with "Sky News Arabia", that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked President Qais Saeed that "Tunisia be cooperating with him regarding the transfer of equipment and allowing Turkish forces to cross through Tunisia."
The President of Tunisia had announced that he had informed his Turkish counterpart that his country would not be a party to any conflict in Libya, while Recep Tayyip Erdogan said when he returned to his country that he had agreed with his Tunisian counterpart to send Turkish forces to Libya.
Al-Nifer said that Erdogan requested the use of Tunisian lands and the air and sea fields for military intervention in the neighboring country.
Al-Nifer added that the Tunisian president rejected Erdogan's request, noting that talking about the smell of smoke in the press conference room was not "free".
"Rather, it reflected Erdogan's annoyance at the results of the talks, which ended in the refusal to use land, airspace, or Tunisian maritime space for any Turkish military intervention in Libya."
Turkey had announced that it would send military "experts" and technical teams to support the Fayez al-Sarraj government in Tripoli, a day after the Turkish president said that military units from his country were moving to Tripoli.
And Syrian sources have reported the arrival of nearly a thousand fighters to Libya, while 1700 others are preparing to join the battlefields in Tripoli with the support of Ankara.