Erdogan Says Turkey Will 'Teach Haftar a Lesson' in Libya if He Doesn't Stop Offensive
12:46 14.01.2020(updated 13:32 14.01.2020)
This comes after the Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Haftar left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement with the head of the UN-backed Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country will "teach a lesson" to the leader of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar if his forces continue the offensive against Libya's internationally recognised government.
Commenting on the outcome of the Moscow talks on the Libyan ceasefire on Monday, Mr Erdogan said that "the putschist Haftar ran away" after the negotiations between him and the head of the GNA Fayez al-Sarraj had failed to result in an indefinite ceasefire.
Haftar and al-Sarraj arrived in Moscow on Monday to discuss a ceasefire with Russia and Turkey mediating. The negotiations lasted for more than six hours. After the talks, the GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala said that Mr Sarraj had signed the agreement while Mr Haftar had asked for additional time before possibly signing it on Tuesday.
According to Mr Siala, Moscow has informed the GNA about its intentions to continue attempts to organise another round of talks on the crisis in Libya. Meanwhile, the next round is scheduled to take place in Germany on 19 January.
Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday night that clashes had resumed near Libya's Tripoli. "Renewed clashes in the Saladin area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli," the broadcaster tweeted. No casualties or damage have been reported.
Last Sunday, the LNA and the GNA announced a ceasefire, bringing the months-long LNA offensive against Tripoli to a halt. However, since then the sides have accused each other of violating the ceasefire several times.
Libya has been in a state of a civil war since 2011 when its then-leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed. The control over the country has been divided between Haftar's LNA and the UN-backed GNA.
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