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US News Turkey’s Erdogan demands stand against ‘blood and chaos’ in Libya

12:40  19 january  2020
12:40  19 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community to stand against “the merchants of blood and chaos ” as he headed Sunday to a Berlin summit seeking to resolve the Libya conflict. Erdogan supports the U.N.-backed administration in Tripoli led by Fayez

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community to stand against “the merchants of blood and chaos ” as he headed to a Berlin summit on Sunday, seeking to resolve the Libya conflict. Erdogan supports the UN-backed administration in Tripoli led by Fayez

Recep Tayyip Erdogan wearing a suit and tie: Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is heading for Berlin (Presidential Press Service via AP) © Provided by PA Media Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is heading for Berlin (Presidential Press Service via AP)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the international community to stand against the “merchants of blood and chaos”, as he headed to a Berlin summit seeking to resolve the Libya conflict.

Mr Erdogan supports the UN-backed administration in Tripoli led by Fayez Sarraj and sent troops to Libya earlier this month to help them in their battle with eastern-based forces led by General Khalifa Hifter.

He will join leaders from Russia, the West and Arab countries, as well as the heads of the opposing Libyan factions, in the German capital in a bid to halt nine months of fighting around the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

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Erdogan said peace efforts after the January ceasefire 'should not be sacrificed to the ambitions of blood and chaos Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he hoped for an "important step" to Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive last April against Tripoli

Libya has struggled to emerge from chaos since NATO forces ousted the dictator Col. But Mr. Erdogan has even greater financial interests. Turkish businesses had as much as several billion dollars in contracts with Libya before the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi, and Turkish construction

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be among those attending.

Khalifa Haftar wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: General Khalifa Hifter leads eastern-based forces in Libya (Petros Giannakouris/AP) © Provided by PA Media General Khalifa Hifter leads eastern-based forces in Libya (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Speaking at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, Mr Erdogan said the world had failed to respond adequately to Gen Hifter’s “reckless attacks”.

He added: “Hopes that flourish again with the ceasefire and the Berlin summit should not be sacrificed to the ambitions of the merchants of blood and chaos.”

A truce sponsored by Turkey and Russia was imposed a week ago but sporadic fighting has continued.

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On Friday, tribal groups loyal to Gen Hifter seized several large oil export terminals along Libya’s eastern coast as well as southern oil fields in another challenge to the Tripoli government,

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Turkey supports the government of Fayez al-Serraj in Tripoli and describes Khalifa Haftar, who heads the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA), as a coup plotter. "Keeping in mind that Europe is less interested in providing military support to Libya , the obvious choice is to work with Turkey , which has

On January 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had sent troops to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Now, Egypt, the UAE, Russia and Turkey are driving France, Italy and the US out of Libya in order to put an end to the created chaos and secure

Germany is bringing together key players in Libya’s long-running conflict in a bid to solidify the ceasefire and help relaunch a political process to determine Libya’s future.

Mr Serraj’s government is backed by Turkey, Qatar and Italy while Gen Hifter is supported by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and France.

Russian military contractors have been fighting alongside Gen Hifter’s forces, although Moscow retains links to both sides in the conflict.

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