Erdogan hopes Berlin talks will cement Libya’s ceasefire

epa08127106 A handout photo made available by the Turkish President Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at their group meeting at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, 14 January 2020. EPA-EFE/TURKISH PRESIDENT OFFICE HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he hoped for an “important step” to cement Libya’s fragile ceasefire at an international peace conference in Germany.

“We see the Berlin summit as an important step on the way to cementing the ceasefire and a political solution,” Erdogan told reporters at an Istanbul airport before leaving to attend the talks.

Progress in peace efforts after the January ceasefire “should not be sacrificed to the ambitions of blood and chaos merchants”, he said.

Erdogan, who is already angry over Haftar’s abandoning ceasefire talks in Moscow early this week, also slammed Greece for hosting the Libyan commander.

Haftar paid a surprise visit to Athens on Thursday.

Erdogan accused Greece of acting with “revenge” after it was not invited to the Berlin talks.

Via France 24

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