Turkey threatens Libyan general after deal collapses
Turkey has warned that it will “teach a lesson” to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar if he resumes attacks on Libya’s UN-backed government in the capital, Tripoli.
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the threat during a speech in the Turkish capital, Ankara, after General Haftar abandoned peace talks in Russia:
“We will not hesitate to teach a deserved lesson to the putschist, Haftar, if he continues his attacks on the country’s legitimate administration and our brothers in Libya.”
The deal was aimed at ending nine months of fighting around the capital.
Both Russia, which backs Gen Haftar, and Turkey, which supports the Tripoli government, were behind efforts to reach a truce.
The violence began in April when Gen Haftar announced an offensive to seize the city.