Erdogan against 'those who legitimise Haftar, even Italy'

Also cites Egypt, France, Emirates. Support for Sarraj

20 December, 20:30

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, DECEMBER 20 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Libyan General Khalifa Haftar is "an illegitimate political leader, but some are trying to legitimise him", and specified "Egypt, Abu Dhabi, France, even Italy".

    Erdogan's comments came as he was speaking to journalists on Friday following his return from a visit to Malaysia for a summit of Islamic countries.

    He reiterated his support for Tripoli, after having declared that he is ready to send his troops to support the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al Sarraj against Haftar, if Ankara receives a specific request to do so.

    The memorandum of understanding of military cooperation signed November 27 in Istanbul by Erdogan and Sarraj, which could open the way to sending Turkish soldiers, is awaiting final ratification by the Turkish Parliament.

    Erdogan again criticised Russia's support of Haftar through the "mercenaries" of the Russian contractor Wagner Group.(ANSAmed).

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