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Turkey says ready to act against Haftar if Libya attacks continue

The Arab World | 2020-01-14 14:24:43
Turkey says ready to act against Haftar if Libya attacks continue
Turkey will not refrain from "teaching a lesson" to Khalifa Haftar, the commander of eastern Libyan forces, if they continue attacks against the country's internationally recognised government, President Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

In a speech, Erdogan said the "putschist Haftar ran away" from Moscow after Monday's peace talks between him and the head of the Tripoli-based government, Fayez al-Serraj, failed to lead to an open-ended ceasefire to end their nine-month conflict.

Khalifa Haftar's decision to not sign a ceasefire agreement with Libya's internationally recognised government shows who wants war and who wants peace in the country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, has left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement drafted at talks in Russia Monday, the TASS news agency cited the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Cavusoglu said Turkey had done what it can to ensure the ceasefire, adding that if Haftar continues to act this way a Libya summit planned to be held Berlin Sunday will have no meaning.

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