Haftar will be out of the political equation in Libya, says Erdogan

Haftar will be out of the political equation in Libya, says Erdogan

June 09, 2020 - 13:39
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, that he expects Khalifa Haftar to be out of the power equation in Libya after the recent events on the ground, stressing that military operations will continue until liberating the city of Sirte and the Jufra Base.

"The victories achieved by the Libyan legitimate forces had made Haftar go mad," said Erdogan in an interview with the Turkish TRT channel on Monday evening.

Erdogan indicated that the Libyan file was at the top of the issues discussed with President Trump, during a phone call. "Trump is following closely the unfolding situation in Libya and had praised Turkey's efforts in Libya," Erdogan noted.

The Turkish president acknowledged that there are some challenges, as the city of Sirte is located near oil and gas wells, which makes the military operations in this region very sensitive, as he put it.

Erdogan indicated that Turkey's role in Libya comes in the framework of an agreement signed with a legitimate government, "but there is a renegade named Haftar", said Erdogan, insisting "We will continue to move forward regardless of the parties supporting him."

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