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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter against the consequences of his forces resuming their attacks against the National Accord government in Tripoli. This warning comes after the strongman in eastern Libya left Moscow without signing a ceasefire.
Turkish President threatened Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday, “Teaching a lesson” to Mashir Hifter’s successorThe strongman in eastern Libya, if he resumes his attacks against the National Accord government in Tripoli, after leaving Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement he negotiated on Monday.
“We will never hesitate to teach the revolutionary Haftar the lesson he deserves if he continues his attacks against the legitimate administration and against our brothers in Libya,” Erdogan said in a speech to his party representatives.
Haftar left Moscow without signing a ceasefire before his opponent, Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the national reconciliation government recognized by the United Nations accepted him.
Despite this failure, Erdogan confirmed that he would continue his participation in the peace conference in Libya scheduled for Sunday in Berlin, saying, “We will discuss this issue Sunday in the Berlin conference in which it will participate alongside Turkey, Germany, France, Britain, Russia, Italy, Egypt, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates.”
On the other hand, Erdogan said that Haftar would have controlled all Libyan lands if it had not been for Turkey, which began deploying soldiers to support the national reconciliation government, to take advantage of an agreement signed by the two parties last November.
Erdogan added, “To transfer matters clearly, if Libya did not intervene, the coup would take over Haftar over all the country and all Libyan people would have fallen victim to its practices.”
In the same context, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that the cease-fire in Libya remains in effect indefinitely, despite Haftar’s refusal to sign a formal agreement because he needs an additional “two days” to study it.
The ministry confirmed that the Moscow meeting Monday between the Libyan parties led to “reaching an initial agreement between the competing parties to maintain the cessation of hostilities and extend it indefinitely.”
The forces loyal to Haftar announced a ceasefire on January 12.