Turkey vows to defend Tripoli-based gov’t against ‘dictator’ Haftar: report


Ankara on Wednesday accused eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar of seeking to “create a military dictatorship” and vowed to defend the country’s Tripoli-based government, Russia Today reported.

Haftar, who controls swathes of eastern Libya, launched an offensive in April of last year to seize Tripoli. He said on Monday that his self-styled army had “accepted the will of the people and its mandate.”

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said that with this announcement, Haftar “has once again demonstrated that he does not seek a political solution to the crisis in Libya, does not support international efforts in this regard … and aims to create a military dictatorship in the country.”

The Turkish government backs Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord in Tripoli and had earlier dispatched troops and pro-Turkish Syrian fighters there, AFP said.

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  1. But you never dared to mention who are the real backers of Haftar,I think freedom of press is one sided in opinion.Isn’t it?

  2. Main Haftar backers are Egypt and Russia, nothing secret. Haftar´s steps are reaction on Erdogan´s trying to create around Tripolis another version of Idlib. He probably reads Yenni Safak.